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Blood in stool, appetite loss, weight loss, smell in back of throat. Related symptoms?

Hello, I am a little concerned that something is wrong as for the past 3 days I have been going to the bathroom and there has been fresh red blood in my stool. I have also had a major loss of appetite and can not stomach food, which has caused me to loose 5 pounds in 1 week. I also have been told that I have a weird smell in the back of my throat? Can these be related and should I seek help?
Asked On : Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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Thank you for the query.

It all depends of how old are you. If you are older than 50, colon cancer should be ruled out at first. If you are younger person, hemorrhoids are most probable reason of bright red blood in the stool. With hemorrhoids, blood is always on the surface of the stool. If your blood is mixed with the stool, the reason is much more serious than hemorrhoids.
Weight loss and loss of appetite are very concerning symptoms. That is why I suggest you to visit your doctor, have rectal examination, blood work and colonoscopy done.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Mon, 24 Jun 2013
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