Colon Cancer/Mucus

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I'm a 21 year old female. I live a relatively healthy lifestyle and I am of a normal weight.

For the past few weeks I've noticed mucus in my stools. There is no blood at all, just mucus.

I do have diarrhea regularly, but I also have an anxiety disorder which makes it difficult to differentiate between what is and what isn't 'genuine' diarrhea.

Apart from the mucus (and diarrhea) my stools are normal - of normal colour and consistency.

I have googled, but all the conventional reasons for mucus in the stool don't seem to apply to me. And of course, I'm worried about it.

Are there any other reasons a person could have noticeable mucus in their stools? And should I be worried?

Thanks

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This is anyway not a cancer sign. So it is outside my area of expertise here. However if you really want to have this and your bowel checked including your diarrhea - since you live in the UK - you have to persuade your GP to send you to a gastro-enterology specialist for a colonoscopy. That way you will know if your bowel symptoms are only due to your anxiety or not. Good luck!

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