Colon Cancer vs. Hemorrhoids

Colon Cancer vs. Hemorrhoids

Although hemorrhoids and colon cancer (also known as colorectal cancer) are two very different conditions, they can share similar symptoms, such as blood in the stool.

What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in and around the anus and lower rectum that can cause itching, burning, pain, or bleeding. Hemorrhoids can either be inside the rectum (internal) or outside the rectum (external). External hemorrhoids are more likely to bleed and be itchy, while internal hemorrhoids are typically more painful and can also have some bleeding.

What are the Symptoms of Hemorrhoids?

Multiple symptoms of hemorrhoids may occur. Symptoms can be made worse by straining during constipation and overly aggressive wiping of the anus.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain and pressure in the anal canal, especially during bowel movements
  • A sensitive or painful grapelike lump on the anus
  • Itching and soreness in and around the anus
  • Bright red blood on toilet tissue, the surfaces of the stool or in the toilet bowl.

What is Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), which is the final part of your digestive tract.

What are the Symptoms of Colon Cancer?

Signs and symptoms of colon cancer are often not specific, which means they may be mistaken for a number of different conditions. When colon cancer is detected in its early stages, there may be no symptoms present at all.

Typical symptoms of colon cancer can include:

Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool

  • Dark-colored stool
  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days
  • A feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely
  • Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain
  • Weakness and fatigue.
  • Unexplained weight loss.

Although people who have these symptoms do not have cancer in most cases, many colon and rectal cancer patients initially thought they had hemorrhoids because of symptoms such as rectal itching and bleeding.


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact the hemorrhoid specialists at Avalon Hemorrhoid, who will be able to determine whether your condition is a hemorrhoid or rectal cancer.

Call us today at (626) 310-0771 for a consultation.


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