So if by any chance anyone is having any symptoms or changes in bowel habits lasting for more than a couple of weeks, get it checked out - it more than likely won't even come to anything, even if its been going on a while - even if it is something, my consultant said that my polyp had been probably been growing for about 5 years, also most polyps never turn cancerous and never will, mine is genetic case and rare in the fact that it was even changing and rarer still for this to be happening at my age, if one is found then more than likely they will remove it straight away ,also symptoms could be a range of other harmless things.
Excellent advice Neil,
11 years ago i had a similar problem (but didnt require surgery), i was passing blood and went to my GP immediately, After the various scans and items being 'inserted' i was told i had a condition called 'ulcerative colitis'....not immediately threatening, but fairly unpleasant. The one thing i am glad of is that i went to my GP straight away (within 2 days of passing blood)...apparantly the condition is a 'pre-cursor' to bowel cancer if not attended to quickly.
Back in November 2007, my dad announced that he had been constipated for over a couple of weeks and was suffering with what he called 'severe gutrot' !
Being 'old school' he didnt want to bother his GP with something so trivial as constipation, the long and the short of it was that the week after christmas 2007 my dad passed away from bowel cancer.
His GP and all of the specialists admitted that at my dads age (83) there wasnt much they could have done for him, but were adamant that if he were a younger man and had gone to the doctors immediately, they may have been able to 'control' things for a while.
Lets get to the point here folks, if you have any problems with your backside (bleeding, constipation, etc) GET IT CHECKED OUT...QUICKLY !
Embarrasing ?...maybe....life saving ?...YES !
Neil, i am glad you are on the road to recovery, and thank you so much for bringing this subject to the forums attention.