Bleeding from the bowel may be obvious. This may be bright red blood noticed in the toilet bowl. Black ‘tar like’ stools can also be blood that has become black due to being digested high up in your stomach and then passed all the way down through the bowel. Bleeding can also be subtle and only appreciated by identifying iron deficiency or a positive stool sample test (such as the faecal occult blood FOB test that is the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program).
There are a number of causes for bleeding to occur, ranging from benign problems like haemorrhoids to more serious problems like bowel cancer. If bleeding occurs it is important to see your GP. Often a colonoscopy is indicated.
Dr. Le Page has performed 1000’s of colonoscopies and audits his patients outcomes to ensure the highest standard of care. He is accredited by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) to perform endoscopy (gastroscopy) and colonoscopy. If you feel a specialist review may be indicated for you, please discuss with your GP and call (02) 9767 7908 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Le Page.