colon cancer

Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer is preventable.

What are the 10 signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer:

1. None. No sign or symptom.

A person with colorectal cancer may have no symptoms at all. This is why screening for colorectal cancer is recommended in asymptomatic individuals.

2. Change in bowel habits.

New constipation or diarrhea can be caused by colorectal cancer. Any significant or sudden change in bowel habits warrants further investigation.

3. Blood in the stool.

Blood in the stool can be bright red blood, maroon (burgundy) colored or dark-colored. Blood in the stool demands medical attention.

4. Abdominal pain or cramps.

5. Abdominal fullness.

6. Bloating.

7. Loss of appetite or early satiety.

8. Unexplained weight loss.

9. Fatigue.

10. Anemia.

This is especially true of iron deficiency anemia (anemia due to low iron).

This list is not exhaustive. If you have any symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider.

Don’t wait till you have symptoms to get screened for colorectal cancer.

Colorectal Cancer is Preventable.