Am I at risk for having hemorrhoids?
You may be more likely to get hemorrhoids if your parents had them. Constipation is oftentimes the main cause of hemorrhoids as well as frequent episodes of diarrhea. Other contributing factors include aging, obesity, straining during bowel movements, sitting too long on the toilet, or standing or lifting too much. Pregnant women often get hemorrhoids because of the strain from carrying the baby and from giving birth. For most women, such hemorrhoids are a temporary problem.
Do hemorrhoids lead to cancer?
No. There is no relationship between hemorrhoids and cancer. However, the symptoms of hemorrhoids, can be similar to those of colorectal cancer and other diseases of the digestive system. Therefore, do not rely on over-the-counter medications or other self-treatments. See a colorectal surgeon first so your symptoms can be properly evaluated and effective treatment prescribed.
How can I prevent getting hemorrhoids?
The following are tips for hemorrhoid prevention:
- Include more fiber in your diet. Fresh fruits, leafy vegetables, and whole-grain breads and cereals are good sources of fiber.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Eight glasses of water each day is ideal.
- Do not read on the toilet. Sitting and straining too long encourages swelling.
- Exercise regularly.
- Avoid laxatives, except bulk-forming laxatives, such as Fiberall®, Metamucil®, etc. Other types of laxatives can lead to diarrhea, which can worsen hemorrhoids.
- When you feel the need to have a bowel movement, don’t wait for long periods before using the bathroom.
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