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What’s After the Digital Rectal Exam?
So I am forty-two years old right now, and I just recently had my fourth annual DRE.  Because I also had some blood in my stool (which I mentioned to my doctor during my most recent annual physical), he decided to do a sigmoidoscopy on me.   The sigmoidoscopy is fairly invasive – it involves inserting a medical instrument into your ass.  This instrument has a camera on the end of it – and the doctor literally looks around inside your colon for any abnormalities.   In my case, he was looking for hemorrhoids, polyps, or signs of any other colon-related disease – fortunately he found none.   Turns out that the blood in my stool was caused by an internal hemorrhoid that had ruptured – which is fairly common.   If you do experience any anal bleeding, definitely get checked out right away.   I’ve had hemorrhoids off and on for many years, so I was reasonably sure that the bright red blood in the toilet was the rupture of a hemorrhoid, but you cannot take any chances.   If you experience blood in the toilet, don’t be alarmed – just get checked … it is the safest thing to do for yourself and your health.

Useful Prostate Links for Midlife Bachelors
WebMD – Digital Rectal Exam
WebMD – Colorectal Cancer Guide
The Science Quarterly – Introduction to Prostate Cancer

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Midlife Bachelor chronicles lifestyle, dating, and relationship experiences and advice to avoid a midlife crisis. Readers like you are often beyond young adulthood in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s that want to understand how dating, sex, relationships, and love fit in with our lifestyles.