What your GP might do
you have any of the three main bowel symptoms, bleeding from the bottom - blood
in the poo, a change in your bowel habits or discomfort or pain in your tummy
your doctor will probably do one or all of the following:
Examine your abdomen – that means feel it for any lumps
Do a digital examination of your back passage with a gloved finger
Do a simple blood test to check whether you are anaemic
shouldn't let this put you off seeing your doctor as these won't hurt you and
will only be necessary in some cases, particularly in older patients.
your doctor doesn’t suggest any of these tests, you could encourage them by
asking why not?