Symptoms & Screening

Symptoms

Usually, during the early stages of colon cancer, individuals do not have symptoms. If symptoms are present, they may include:

  • A CHANGE IN BOWEL HABITS
    Including diarrhea, constipation, a change in the consistency of your stool or finding your stools are narrower than usual1
  • PERSISTENT ABDOMINAL DISCOMFORT
    Such as cramps, gas, or pain and/or feeling full, bloated or that your bowel does not empty completely1
  • RECTAL BLEEDING
    Finding blood (either bright red or very dark) in your stool1
  • WEAKNESS OR FATIGUE
    Can also accompany losing weight for no known reason, nausea or vomiting1

Screening

A colonoscopy is considered to be the most comprehensive screening test for colorectal cancer because it allows physicians to identify and remove precancerous polyps during the procedure.

Learn More About the Colonoscopy Procedure

 

REFERENCES:

  1. Content and statistics provided by the Colon Cancer Alliance.

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