Colorectal cancer or commonly known as colon cancer starts in the large intestine or in sections of the rectum. It is treatable when caught early, but it remains the third most common type of cancer in men and women in the United States.
Most colorectal cancers begin in cells that produce and release mucus or other fluids. These infected cells cause a tumor to form in the lining of the large intestine. Being aware of the risk factors, signs and symptoms of this cancer is important for early detection and prevention.
Symptoms of an illness or disease are your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong. An early diagnosis can often lead to a complete cure, but there are several risk factors to be aware of.
Common symptoms of colon cancer to be aware of and watch out for include:
1. A change in bowel habits that lasts for more than a few days - such as: diarrhea, constipation or narrow stools. People fail to pay enough attention to their bowel movements.
2. An ongoing bloated feeling, cramping or pain in your abdomen. What makes this sign so easily ignored is that abdominal cramps are often linked to many other, non-cancerous conditions.
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3. Constant tiredness and weakness. The thing is cancer cells exploit the body’s energy thus causing fatigue.
4. Blood in your stool or bleeding from your rectum. The changes in your stool are a serious sign that seeks urgent medical attention because colon tumors affect the function of the large intestine.
5. Unexplained weight loss. It’s excessive outgo of energy that causes such drastic weight loss. Cancer cells use a lot of the body’s energy while the immune system strives hard to stop the disease from spreading.
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