3. You are having bathroom problems
In some cases, problems with urination (going too little/too much, or visible blood in the urine) can be early warning signs of urinary tract infections or bladder cancer in both men and women, and prostate cancer in men.
As for frequency of bowel movements, what’s normal depends on the person. Some people go a couple of times a day, others go only every few days. Tell your doctor what is normal for you and mention any changes. Abnormal bowel movements (for example, a change in color, size, amount or frequency, or visible blood in the stool) could signal Crohn’s disease, colitis, or cancer of the colon, pancreas or liver.
In many cases, urinary and bowel issues are not serious and can be easily fixed. “A lot of these things are common, and with some investigation we can make sure that it’s nothing significant,” says Dr. MacLean.