I'm 35 years old, and have had a couple of random changes in bowel habits for around the last three weeks. the first thing I noticed was that I was a bit constipated, lasting a few days. More recently, I have noticed my stools are looser, and thinner. I also have a feeling of constantly wanting to go to the toilet, as if there's a stool there, but then nothing happens when I try to go. I have also noticed that I have been passing mucus the last few days.
These symptoms are all very recent, and I know bowel cancer is rare in those under 50, but am wondering if I should go to my doctor. What investigations would he do?
My nan had bowel cancer twice, and died of it at the ripe old age of 91. My Dad died from cancer of the oesophagus which spread to his stomach at age 49 - I don't know if this increases my risk or not.
I'm hoping I'm over reacting. I have not noticed any blood - is this always a symptom?
Would really appreciate any advice or information on the first symptoms others noticed.