Bowel cancer: Change in colour of your poos? Warning of disease when spotting this colour

In most cases, blood in the stool is from piles, especially if it is bright red, fresh blood, according to Cancer Research UK.

Piles are like swollen veins in the back passage. These veins are fragile and can easily get damaged when you pass a bowel motion, causing a little bleeding.

Piles usually come with other symptoms too, so if the only symptom you are experiencing is blood in your stools, it is unlikely to be piles, according to the NHS.

Blood from higher up in the bowel, meanwhile, doesn’t look bright red, but goes dark red or even black.

This can make your bowel motions look like tar, according to Cancer Research, and could be a sign of cancer higher up in the bowel.

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