Because early detection of colon cancer and rectal cancer directly impacts outcomes,
it is important to gain an understanding of symptoms, types, stages and risk factors of these diseases.
What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer?
The most common symptoms of colorectal cancer:
- a change in bowel habits such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool that lasts for more than a few days
- rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
- cramping or gnawing stomach pain
- decreased appetite
- weakness and fatigue
- jaundice – yellowing of the skin and eyes
If you have any of these symptoms, check with your physician, especially if you are over 50 or have a personal or family history of the disease.
Each individual may experience symptoms differently.
- The symptoms of colorectal cancer may resemble other conditions, such as infections, hemorrhoids, and inflammatory bowel disease.
- It is possible to have colon cancer and not have any symptoms.
- Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.