About 9 years ago, I went to the loo, and I was shocked to see it was bright red. I am on warfarin, and thought it might be to do with that. Luckily it was clinic day, so I phoned and she agreed to see me straight away. As my warfarin reading was fine she phoned my GP who also agreed to see me the next morning with a sample, which was clear. But he sent it away, and also arranged for me to see a specialist, which was all done within a few weeks. It was scary. They did a cystoscopy and found a small something. I was really upset as I had a dear friend dying of liver cancer at the time, so my timing couldn't really have been worse. Anyway, they arranged to have a rigid cystoscopy to remove it. I had to go back to clinic about 3 weeks later, and they told me it was benign, but would have become malignant if I had not done anything about it. I had to go back once a year for a check up, these checkups last for 10 years before you get the all clear, and then 8 years later went for my check up and lo and behold they spotted something again, they weren't sure but decided to remove it anyway. Again luckily it was benign, so back on the 10 year check up cycle. I suppose what I am saying is, never ignore things. My initial bleed was a one off, and I could have so easily thought it was down to warfarin and waited to see if it happened again.
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