This is Dr. David
have you been going glutten free in your diet?
you might need to see a GI doctor and get a colonoscopy to see if your colon is inflamed.
you could be having colitis, ulcerative colitis or other bowel inflammation causing the mucus
have you had a colonoscopy before?
is this an early sign of bowel cancer as i am really worried
no, it is not an early sign of bowel cancer.
I am a cancer doctor.
cancer usually bleeds
mucus tends to be a sign of bowel inflammation, bowel irritation or bowel allergy.
have you been trying to stick to a glutten free diet?
I've been so worried as i know bowel cancer is an hereditary cancer which my mothers father suffered from. i do follow a relatively gluten and wheat free diet but have just felt so ill
given your family history, it would be a good idea and get a colonoscopy
see a GI doctor and get your stools tested for microscopic blood
and see why your colon is producing mucus.
you should also get a colon wall biopsy during the colonoscopy.
this can check for if you have a true celiac spruce disorder or bowel allergy to glutten.
don't stress about colon cancer.
we don't tend to see colon cancer in patients at your age.
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thank you for your answers, i will try and get an appointment with my gp, seems impossible! been blaming onset of menopause to be honest.
you are welcome
menopause would not tend to cause mucus discharge from the colon or rectum.
do you have any other questions?
its been the immense tiredness too, and just lack of go get when I'm normally very fit and active
menopause can definitely cause fatigue
you should get your iron and thyroid hormone levels checked
and B12 levels checked as well.
low thyroid hormone levels, low iron, anemia, low B12 can all cause fatigue.
thank you for your advice
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