Almost 50% of men and women in the world, 50 years and older suffer from hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are varicose veins of the rectum. Pain, itchiness and blood in stool are the most common symptoms. These symptoms may possibly lead to colorectal cancer if not taken care of. I have read in one article that we may not be aware of it but having hemorrhoids may mean something else. Most people according to him are not open to discussions when it comes to stool problems. He said, each one of us may possibly have or have had anal and rectal problems which should be discussed with a doctor. Hemorrhoids are inflamed blood vessels inside and around the anus and rectum. This happens during diarrhea, obesity and constipation. It may either be external or internal. Internal hemorrhoids don't usually hurt because there are few pain sensing nerves in the rectum. External hemorrhoids are situated within the anus and usually painful. Here are some tips to help ease the pain in case you have it. Do not sit for hours at a time, if you have to, take a break, stand up and move for at least 5 minutes. A cushion with a hole in the middle can ease the pressure and pain. Applying petroleum jelly inside the anus can make bowel movements less painful. Use a soothing anti-inflammatory agent on irritated hemorrhoids to reduce pain and itching. And most of all, do not scratch hemorrhoids, it will only become more irritated as the skin becomes damaged thus, intensifying the itching. To avoid hemorrhoids, it is best to consume at least 25 gms of fiber everyday. Whole grain bread and fruits are the best sources of fiber. Fiber supplements are also available in drugstore. I've seen in one in a tv commercial. It's in powder form and you can just mix it with either juice or water. Drinking at least 6 glasses of water can be very helpful. Water, really does our body good. Try to have a regular bowel movement and try to do it at the same time everyday.