A small amount of one-off bleeding from the bottom is not usually a serious problem. But a GP can check.
You might be bleeding from the bottom if you have:
A small amount of one-off bleeding can often go away on its own without needing treatment.
The GP will check what's causing your symptoms.
Bleeding from the bottom is sometimes a sign of bowel cancer.
This is easier to treat if it's found early, so it's important to get it checked.
If you have other symptoms, this might give you an idea of the cause.
Do not self-diagnose – see a GP if you're worried.
Poo can look like it's mixed with blood if you've eaten a lot of red or purple foods like tomatoes and beetroot.
But it's sometimes a sign of something else. A GP can check if you're worried.
Poo can look very dark or black if you:
But it's sometimes a sign of something else. A GP can do a test to check this if you're worried.