May have bowel cancer at 18? Not sure what to do14 May 2019 15:32
I'm 18 years of age, and have recently exhibited some strange symptoms which are extremely worrying, I helped lift several heavy objects for a family member, and soon after noticed a painless lump just above and to the right of my groin, it seemed to fit the description of an inguinal hernia really well, could push back in etc. I also knew random abdomen pain was a side effect of an inguinal hernia, and cramps, etc. However looking into it, I've experienced some symptoms of bowel cancer too, inconsistency of stool etc, and recently had blood on toilet paper, obviously its embarrasing talking about stuff like that, especially with the placement of the lump, and complications with social anxiety, i'm not really sure how to go about talking to my GP about it, as its more of a group of GP's, and dont know what i should go about asking them etc, my life has been complete **** for near enough a year now, with A levels and struggles in my social life, so my mental state is in a terrible place right now, i'm not fully sure i'm confident enough to actually talk to a GP, hell i'm sweating even writing this. forcing myself on the phone is even harder, and im especially paranoid if someone hears me talking about it on the phone and becomes worried about it. I have no real clue what to do, and im afraid this may completely destroy me mentally if i do have cancer, my mental state also may be leading to me over worrying myself, but i'd rather be safe than sorry.