Colorectal cancer is often found after symptoms appear, but most people with early colon or rectal cancer don’t have symptoms of the disease. Symptoms usually only appear with more advanced disease. This is why getting the recommended screening tests before any smyptoms develop is so important. If your doctor fidn something suspicious during a screening exam, or if you have any of the symptoms of colorectal cancer described below, your doctor probably will recommend exams and tests to find the cause.
Colorectal cancer symptoms include:
- A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days.
- A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so.
- Rectal bleeding, dark stools, or blood in the stool
- Cramping or abdominal pain.
- Weakness and fatigue
- Drastic weight loss
If you notice any symptoms of colon cancer, such as blood in your stool or a persistent change in bowel habits, make an appointment with your doctor.
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