Colon Cancer Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore
Colon cancer can happen at any age, but it’s more common among people aged 45 and above. In the early stages, colon cancer usually produces no symptoms at all. That’s why doctors recommend screening tests (colonoscopy) starting at age 50 or earlier depending on risk factors. Screenings allow doctors to find and remove colon polyps before they turn into colon cancer.
The following symptoms could be signs of colon cancer. You should talk to a doctor if you have:
- Persistent changes in your bowel habits. This includes constipation, diarrhea, or your stool’s consistency changes.
- Blood in your stool / rectal bleeding
- Persistent discomfort in your abdomen (pain, cramps, gas)
- A feeling like you can’t empty your bowel completely
- Persistent fatigue/weakness
- Unexplained weight loss
If you have one or more of these symptoms you should see a doctor. Many of these symptoms could be related to problems not related to colon cancer. Your doctor can help determine the cause of your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan.
Remember: Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers through routine colonoscopy screening. Over 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided with screening.