Ask AnythingDifference between IBS and colon cancer symptoms?
Anonymous asked 2 years ago

I’ve had issues with erm…#2ing for a while now. From what I’ve researched it sounds like IBS. I haven’t gotten it checked out because I have really bad anxiety about doctors over MINOR issues, it took me 2 years to tell my husband about this problem…I can’t bring myself to even call my doctor. Anyway. My symptoms seem to be IBS (bloody stool, diarrhea, feeling of not being able to fully evacuate everything, horrible cramps that seem to be caused by gas bubbles, urgent and frequent need to go to the bathroom, etc). But my husband is pushing me to get it checked out now. I know that some of these symptoms are also symptoms of colon cancer. I wouldn’t say cancer runs in my family, however, my grandfather did have colon cancer. My dad had a colonoscopy a few years back and it came back fine. I’ve never been checked, I’m a 22 year old white female so I know that isn’t the most common demographic for colon cancer but I’m still wondering now. I’m not really sure what I’m looking for here aside from reassurance, maybe tell me what a doctor’s visit for this would entail? I’m partially afraid of going because my worst fear is that I’ll have cancer and they’re going to tell me I only have so long to live. I know it’s irrational to think of that with what’s most likely IBS but still. I’m not afraid of dying, I’m just afraid of knowing when I’m going to die. I’m the kind of person that will let that hang over my head, I’ll always think about it and I won’t be able to enjoy the time I have left. Part of me just wants to ignore it and enjoy my time here just in case. Ugh. I’m just so stressed out. Any advice?

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