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Blood in your poop: what it looks like & what it could mean


Poop: a window to your health and a
valuable warning system of a problem inside your body. Keeping an eye on your
poop is an important step in being aware of colorectal cancer and identifying
early signs of the disease. Hi! I’m Dr. Shady Ashamalla, a surgeon who specializes in colorectal cancer. Because it involves bums and poop people often
shy away from talking about colorectal cancer. I want to change that because the
more we talk the more we know and the better we can find colorectal cancers
early. The colon takes in water and nutrients from the food we eat and then
passes the waste to the rectum and voila — poop. Colorectal cancer is when cancer
cells begin to grow out of control in the colon or rectum, first forming a
cluster of cells called a polyp, and eventually becoming a cancer as the
cells burrow deeper and deeper into the wall of the colon. These polyps can cause
changes in the frequency or shape of your poop.
And because the polyps and eventual cancers are growing on the inner lining
of the bowel, they can also bleed into the bowel and that blood then becomes
incorporated with the stool as it passes through. So what does that blood in your
poop actually look like? Blood in your poop can be caused by a variety of things but let’s imagine what the blood in your poop might look like if it’s
coming from a colorectal cancer. First, let’s say the cancer is on the right
side of the colon. That’s the beginning of this very long organ and the furthest
from the exit, your anus. You probably wouldn’t be able to see any blood coming
from that cancer by the time it reaches the toilet. If there’s lots of blood
coming from a cancer on the right side of the colon though, it might not look
red when it reaches the toilet because it’s older blood. Instead, it might look
more like black tar mixed with the poop. If the cancer is further down the colon
or in the rectum the blood will be fresher, smeared along the stool as it
hits the toilet or even mixed with the stool and still red. Finally, if the
cancer is in the rectum, you might see red blood going directly into the toilet
before or after the poop rather than mixed in with the stool.
If you have a visual impairment or otherwise unable to visually check your
poop, talk to your doctor about other important screening tests. Blood in your
stool is a warning sign for cancer but it’s not always visible. That’s why it’s
so important for people to take part in colorectal cancer screening programs
starting at the age of 50 or even sooner if you have a family history of the
disease. Visible blood in your stool, hidden blood spotted through a screening
test, or changes in your bowel habits can be caused by other health issues. But
remember, regardless of the cause it’s important to get it checked out. So
before you flush, remember to always take a good look at your poop. It could
save your life.

Randall Smitham

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Flutist Posted on July 14, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    I’m 10 what do I do.. I’m scared lol

    Reply
  2. Nate Brown Posted on July 15, 2019 at 4:44 am

    i ate hot fries

    Reply
  3. Jumbojuku Posted on July 15, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Should I go to the doctor? I'm 13 and I have black watery poop and I always need to go every 5 minutes. My stomach feels horrible. I told my parents but they didn't care.

    Reply
  4. Carya Contreras Posted on July 16, 2019 at 4:05 am

    I came here cause I poop with blood for the second time. 😪

    Reply
  5. ninja drms gaming Posted on July 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    I ate an apple since yesterday and my stool is still red or i ate a lot of hot cheetos

    Reply
  6. Diana Olivera Posted on July 19, 2019 at 12:37 am

    I think it’s my period but I don’t wanna believe that I think it’s not cuz I eat <~>

    Reply
  7. Deirdre G Posted on July 19, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Is this deadly?

    Reply
  8. RecentlyNoob Posted on July 19, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    The reason why my poop have blood
    I have to push the poop out of my stomach so hard

    it’s not colon cancer

    Reply
  9. Brooke The Panda0216 Posted on July 19, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    It wasnt really in my pop it was when I whipped and there was a lot of it..I think it may be my period but idk..

    Reply
  10. Amy Gacha Posted on July 20, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    I do it all the time to see if it’s fine

    Reply
  11. Amy Gacha Posted on July 20, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Mine is all bally

    Reply
  12. univērse • Posted on July 20, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    I ate tomatoes today what do I do??

    Reply
  13. Jijo Poly Posted on July 21, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    When I'm going to toilet 🚽 bleed is coming

    Reply
  14. I'm sorry ,man #MJisInnocent Posted on July 22, 2019 at 5:09 am

    I was just aggressively wiping.

    Reply
  15. Its Lollipop Posted on July 22, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    I just had a black poop.. today

    Reply
  16. First name Last name Posted on July 23, 2019 at 8:21 am

    When i poop it feel like glass…it’s so fucken pointy!

    Reply
  17. J4YR0N Channels Posted on July 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    im 13 and yesterday i saw my poop have blood im scared☹️

    Reply
  18. Jackson Yollin Posted on July 26, 2019 at 1:47 am

    i’m scared cuz i had a small poop but the water was red

    Reply
  19. VertixPlayz YT Posted on July 26, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    My poop is all red, pls help. This is why I searched it up. It's like all red. Is this bad? And it hurts really bad! I am crying

    Reply
  20. Free delahoya Posted on July 26, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    It’s fake, it could be because of food colouring

    Reply
  21. pepe trump Posted on July 26, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    hope its only since i eat mostly red food

    Reply
  22. Free delahoya Posted on July 26, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Guys don’t worry they is a thing where if u don’t wash your bum properly u get it don’t panic'!!!

    Reply
  23. trashiest potato Posted on July 27, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Cut shiter out when he shits his corn looks like corn green veggies look green yet. He had colan cancer

    Reply
  24. AdamMoss14 Posted on July 27, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Lmao who's here after shitting blood

    Reply
  25. Jesus is love Posted on July 28, 2019 at 2:28 am

    My stomach was hurting and i poo red blood mix with poop

    Reply
  26. Broken Vxbes Posted on July 28, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Well I just used the bathroom this night and I realized it in my poop

    Reply
  27. John Valeros Posted on July 28, 2019 at 10:54 am

    umm i pooped out blood and i just ate bread

    Reply
  28. its me Posted on July 28, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    I literally had nothing but blood….. And some sort of goo…. Help…

    Reply
  29. •DÊŠPÈRÁTÉ • Posted on August 2, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    I ate chips and it was hard too poop

    Reply
  30. Taylor Gal Posted on August 3, 2019 at 1:25 am

    U might of just started your period and mabye u just peed after you pooped that my be why

    Reply
  31. Ryandy Rendon Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    I have cancer

    Reply
  32. teawithparis Posted on August 4, 2019 at 12:27 am

    I think it’s just the Hot Cheetos and hot fries I ate.

    Reply
  33. Rubiana Feliciano Posted on August 6, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    it could also because you eat too many hot cheetos or spicy food- this disease is pretty rare for the younger group.

    Reply
  34. Richie Fonzy Posted on August 8, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    I'm low-key scared I pooped with blood today and that's why I'm here. Can somebody tell me what should I do?

    Reply
  35. TwistyKnob Tank Posted on August 10, 2019 at 8:45 am

    ive drank about a handle of whisky in the last 4 hours so i think thats why

    and im not gonna stop because i have a problem heh.

    Reply
  36. Sanic Fest Posted on August 10, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    IM 12 IM SCARED I HAVE CANCER

    Reply
  37. Sanic Fest Posted on August 10, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    or probably we a piece of skin in out inside torn off and its healing

    Reply
  38. _ BlueLeaf _ Posted on August 11, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    I just ate some air

    Now im having diaherra

    Reply
  39. elie Ssw Posted on August 12, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    I fell and drank a red juice and now my poop is red

    Reply
  40. Hiroaki Takahashi Posted on August 12, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I ate some spicy hot Cheetos yesterday and today I had red.

    Reply
  41. Mister flop Posted on August 13, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Mine is BLOODY DIARRHEA mabye cuz i ate to much hot takis

    Reply
  42. Egita Strazdiņa Posted on August 16, 2019 at 9:01 am

    But why blod is on my underwear. That isnt period. -_-

    Reply
  43. Lola Price Posted on August 17, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Do I have cancer?

    Reply
  44. Cervila Calixte Posted on August 17, 2019 at 5:58 am

    My poop is blood ._.

    Reply
  45. Selena Le Posted on August 17, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I ate lots of spicy chips I hope it’s that

    Reply
  46. caroline hudson Posted on August 17, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Part of my poop was stray and I'm really really scared

    Reply
  47. Learny Delatorre Posted on August 18, 2019 at 2:02 am

    I poop yesterday and it has fresh blood on it. It not only happen once, i think last 2 months i poop with blood and I'm so scared because I'm aware of colorectal cancer. I observe myself, the next day i poop with blood again, and that's hella scary! And after an hour i got my PMS. What should i do?

    Reply
  48. Blli Gessat Posted on August 20, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    i had super spicy meal, twice since morning and before sleep, I noticed same.

    Reply
  49. Nikolaos Peterson Posted on August 21, 2019 at 6:26 am

    In my case I have been passing reddish brown diarrhoea stools (like a mahogany or rosewood colour) . These are bloody stools but NOT from any form of cancer. I have been diagnosed with a stool culture that I have been suffering from a severe case of Campylobacteriosis or from Campylobacter Jejuni. So not all blood in stool is caused by cancer.

    Reply
  50. M i l e s Posted on August 22, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    what about my anus is bleeding when i poop

    Reply
  51. Kami Siegle Posted on August 23, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    I have Colin cancer

    Reply
  52. Isaac Vecchia Posted on August 23, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Now I'm scared

    Reply
  53. Ryu々 -ADAM- Posted on August 23, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Am i gonna die?

    Reply
  54. Trey GC Posted on August 24, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Oh yeah, I forgot that I ate a fuckton of hot cheetos yesterday.

    Reply
  55. Trevor Ruiz Ruiz Posted on August 24, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    I’m 12 and I crying I don’t know what to do and I’m not joking please tell me what I should do I’m really scared

    Reply
  56. aLbErT iS mY dAddY. Posted on August 25, 2019 at 12:05 am

    I went to the bathroom a couple minutes ago and my poop was really red and I’m not on my period right now but it’s probably because I ate a party bag size of hot chips 🤷🏻‍♀️

    Reply
  57. Darth Vader Posted on August 25, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    WAIT WAIT WHAT IF U ATE SOMETHING REALLY REALLY RED LIKE A FOOD WITH RED SAUCE? COULD THIS BE TRIGGERED?.

    Reply
  58. Nakyllah Anderson Posted on August 25, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    HOPEFULLY ITS THE HOT CHEETOS I ATE

    Reply
  59. Zenx Life Posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:11 am

    I ate a bunch of oranges and hot Cheetos today is that the reason why it’s red

    Reply
  60. Akira Eduard Calixy Alferez Posted on August 27, 2019 at 2:57 am

    If i ate hot dog it means the skin of the hotdog?

    Reply
  61. aesthe tix Posted on August 27, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    I ate CORN and I saw a blood covering my poop. Im not even eating spicy foods. I thought it was just im having my period..

    Reply
  62. Hyper Luna Posted on August 28, 2019 at 3:22 am

    One day I have a lot of hot cheetos and spicy takis.
    The next day I had red poop and the water was red everything was red! but not the pee.

    Reply
  63. Cozmo & Vector show YT channel Posted on August 29, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    So basically saying I am going to die…

    Reply
  64. Justine Yacat Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Am i gonna dieee? I poop last morning and i saw a blood in my poop :<

    Reply
  65. Galaxy Playz Posted on August 30, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    when u poop with blood my butt even hurts

    Reply
  66. V_Kookie Posted on August 31, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    I'm only 13, i'm so scared. I don't even eat cheetos or Takis.

    Reply
  67. Kaylee Keppeler Posted on September 1, 2019 at 12:28 am

    story time so one time i had diarhea for a couple days i was worried i told my parents but it was not anything bad

    Reply
  68. karina m Posted on September 1, 2019 at 6:38 am

    My period is late with like 3weeks and i poop finally bcs i was constipated and than i wipe and saw blood idk if its freaking period or rectal bleeding

    Reply
  69. ReKY Posted on September 2, 2019 at 4:54 am

    who searched up "Bleeding, bleeding, pain, vast discomfort, pain, vast discomfort"

    its dsaf meme

    Reply
  70. Eve Rose Posted on September 2, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for this vid but I’m really scared

    Reply
  71. Shreks Wifey Posted on September 3, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    bro no my butthole is bleeding a bit and it hurts a bit i didnt even poo it happen when i peed now there is no blood in my poo bro im scared tell me what to do or what is wrong now

    Reply
  72. clare bradley Posted on September 5, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    urm idk weather it was the mac and cheese…should I tell my mom?

    Reply
  73. туρ dopey Posted on September 6, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    The blood was there when I wiped what I do call my doctor

    Reply
  74. SirMeowMeowChow Doge Posted on September 7, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    i just looked up bloody diarrhea and i saw this

    Reply
  75. pasquesi1 Posted on September 8, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    I poop blood like mostly every time I poop and my diet is ok but after a while is Gotton worse more poop is In my poop should I go to a doctor?

    Reply
  76. clash killer nerds Posted on September 9, 2019 at 2:58 am

    It's because we eat a lot of hot stuff it's really common for mexicans u guy are all ok lol

    Reply
  77. Umbrella Dire Posted on September 9, 2019 at 6:44 am

    What happens if your poop is all red?

    Reply
  78. Mÿ Øwń Ëüphøřįä Posted on September 9, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I pooped at night and in the afternoon the next day when I used the restroom, I bled. I think it was bc my ass was burning that time lmao

    Reply
  79. Masrul Khalimi Posted on September 9, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Wait does the blood gotta be big blood or small blood ? If small blood then my 10 year old self is done for but if its big then im probly safe

    Reply
  80. Slicky Posted on September 9, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    I ate 2 plates of very spicy noodles yesterday and here I am

    Reply
  81. Funtime Quick Silver Posted on September 9, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    I don't know what it is im 10 and when I poop I wipe my butt and I have blood on the wipe im scared

    Reply
  82. Juliet Worthy Posted on September 10, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    I’m 9..I really hope it’s because of my Takis. My butt is on FIRE 🔥

    Reply
  83. Code 0 Posted on September 11, 2019 at 10:45 am

    I probably have cancer

    Reply
  84. Ishpreet’s World Posted on September 11, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    So now when I poop I see not blood but then when I wipe I see blood

    Reply
  85. ArticPopZ Posted on September 11, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    What. My life is ruined, im just like a kid ×-×

    Reply
  86. Henry Neitham Posted on September 12, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    When he said 50+ i was like pheww… i guess it's just the spicy curry i had for lunch

    Reply
  87. ProDudeDatPlayz cool Posted on September 14, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Im so scared… I was on the toilet then I when I wiped there was so MUCH blood
    I really don't wanna die im in middle school

    Reply
  88. Monte Jones Posted on September 20, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Just because he said get checked if your 50 or older does not mean you can't have colon cancer at age 10 cause you damn well can

    Reply
  89. Dubu V Posted on September 21, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Maybe it bleed bcs the pooop is too big and ripped the anus open

    Reply
  90. Gacha Cookiebrookie Posted on September 22, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Who is watching this and there butt hurts

    Reply
  91. kecy blog's Posted on September 23, 2019 at 6:52 am

    I'm a kid does that mean I'm gonna die noooooo

    Reply
  92. chelsea cutie Posted on September 27, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Im so scared im only 9 i cant poop im sooo scared to poop now cus there many blood

    Reply
  93. chelsea cutie Posted on September 27, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Im scared to tell my parents i just ate 1 bag of chips its not spicy….wat am im going to do…..do i have cancer? Im so sad i cant die yet

    Reply
  94. Danna Bermas Posted on September 29, 2019 at 7:35 am

    I've got blood on my stool but, lucky me t'was hemoriods

    Reply
  95. Wildly Films Posted on September 29, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Yesterday I ate hot cheetos for the first time in a while. Yesterday I pooped 3-4 times and its red. Today I pooped 3 times already and its 4:31 eastern time in the afternoon

    Reply
  96. Gian Carlo De Luca Posted on September 30, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    I pooped, then right after the blood follows… I don't know what to do… this happened not only once… the last one was five months ago… I noticed it bleeds when It pushes too quick and strong because of the air also going out with the poop in a strong pressure…. Right after it bleeds… blood alone without poop. But I also got hemorrhoids… I don't know what really caused it. I am 28 by the way.

    Reply
  97. Abdalla Nur Elmi 8Z Elsted Skole Posted on September 30, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I went to toilet today and the first release my poop was stray it was dark at the front but then the second round blood came rushing in, please give me advice and tell me what i should do i dont know if im gon tell my parents

    Reply
  98. Kady Grant Posted on October 1, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I don't have it my stool but i see it when i wipe my butt on the tissue

    Reply
  99. dest151 Posted on October 1, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    oh great ..i might have cancer ..i thought it was my drinking

    Reply
  100. Kayla 598 Posted on October 2, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Me being scared for a hot minute and realising I put a lot of hot sauce in my food yesterday my butt is on fire… I dead😂

    Reply
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