Many Ohio residents have suffered from hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. The condition is very common, and it can usually be treated with over-the-counter products or basic remedies at home. However, some of the symptoms of a bad case of hemorrhoids are similar to the symptoms of colon cancer, and a person could easily be misdiagnosed with hemorrhoids when the condition is actually much more serious.
Colon cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Like many forms of cancer, symptoms of the disease do not become obvious until the cancer is in a later stage. One of the symptoms of colon cancer that is also a symptom of hemorrhoids is blood in the stool. Blood in the stool could also be a symptom of rectal cancer.
Some of the other symptoms that could develop in a person with colon or rectal cancer include pain and discomfort in the rectum area, lower abdomen pain, weight loss and changes in bowel movements. Many people who experience these types of symptoms diagnose themselves with hemorrhoids, but it is important to get a proper medical diagnose to ensure that the symptoms are not signs of cancer.
Medical doctors do not always diagnose symptoms properly, and people with colon cancer could be told that they have hemorrhoids. A person who was previously misdiagnosed in such a fashion may want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney to determine the best method of seeking compensation from the negligent health care practitioner for the losses that have been incurred.