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Have piles, passing stool more often, blood in stools. Should I be concerned?

Hi I do have piles (not normally troublesome apart from itching occasionally and bleeding if I do too much) but lately I have been pooing a lot more often (4-5 times a day rather than the usual 1-2 times). I do get a very small amount of bright red blood from time-to-time but I rather think this may be pile-related. Should I be concerned?
Asked On : Tue, 20 Mar 2012
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Thanks for writing in.
A change in bowel habits would be of concern if you are more than 50 years old. I would suggest that a colonoscopy ( to rule out colon cancer) is mandated if you are more than 50 years old.
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Answered: Tue, 20 Mar 2012
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