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.

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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
  • vomiting
  • 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.
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