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How Do You Know if You Have Hemorrhoids... or Something Serious?

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  • Hemorrhoids are veins in the wall in your rectum and anus that have become twisted, swollen, and inflamed, and can form either internally or externally
  • Common causes of hemorrhoids include increase in pressure, and they are typically seen in the elderly, pregnant women, and obese individuals
  • Rectal bleeding is often a sign of hemorrhoids, but it can be a sign of more serious conditions such as colorectal cancer
  • This article lists ways to prevent hemorrhoids and practice good toilet habits

By Dr. Mercola

Hemorrhoids aren't a pleasant subject and can be embarrassing to discuss -- even with your healthcare specialist. But they are quite a common problem in both men and women. In fact, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (a branch of the National Institutes of Health), it's estimated about half the people in the U.S. will have hemorrhoids by age 50.

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