If you know a thing or two about colorectal cancer or colon cancer in short, the colorectal cancer symptoms often do not show up during its early stages. They often happen or show up later making it complicated to treat. Most people do not feel much pain during the earliest stages and often ignore the common signs that could signal something more serious. It pays to know more about the common colorectal cancer symptoms so that you can better protect your health and your family's well-being.
Colorectal Cancer Symptoms
1. Pain or Discomfort in the Stomach
2. Blood in Stool or Discolored / Black Stool
3. Change in Bowel Habits and Frequency. You may be going to the washroom more often and feeling that your bowels are still not emptied totally.
4. Weariness or Fatigue
5. Acute or Noticeable Weight Loss
Colorectal cancer symptoms often show up in the later stages and may affect the victim in different ways. It really depends on where the cancer appears and how big it is.
If it appears on the cecum and ascending colon, which is the first and second portion of the colon on the right side of your abdomen, then common colorectal cancer symptoms could include bleeding in this area, blood in stool, anemia, fatigue etc. The danger of the cancer appearing here is that the amount of blood is so little that your stool may look normal. If the colon cancer appears on the third part, transverse colon, it could cause abdominal cramps or what we call stomach cramps in laymen terms.
The fourth part or S-shaped colon and the fifth part form the descending part of the colon. Cancer here can cause the stools to be smaller and thinner. The appearance of blood is more prominent and obvious.
That said, having such symptoms are not a sure thing that you are suffering from cancer. There are many reasons why such colorectal cancer symptoms look-alike appears. It could simply mean that you are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea causing infections, inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease, bleeding hemorrhoids and rectum ulcers.