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Rectal diseases

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The rectum is the lower part of the large intestine where the body stores faeces (‘poo’).

Rectal problems include heamorrhoids, fissures, abscesses and incontinence. Cancer can affect the rectum. Pain or bleeding are signs that need medical attention. Treatments vary widely depending on the particular problem. Follow the links below to find trusted information about rectal diseases.

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Last reviewed: February 2014


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