It has been observed that many people with colon cancer do not experience any symptom in the early stages of the disease. Many symptoms of colon cancer also overlap with other health conditions such as infection, irritable bowel syndrome inflammatory bowel disease or piles. The symptoms are also likely to vary depending on cancer’s size and its location in the large intestine. However, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of colon cancer, and occurrence of any of the symptoms should be immediately reported to the doctor so that the actual cause of the symptoms can be detected at an early stage.
Below are the signs and symptoms of colon cancer:
1. A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhoea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days
2. Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
3. A sensation that your bowel is not empty completely.
4. Persistent abdominal discomforts such as stomach cramping, pain, or gas.
5. Feeling of weakness and fatigue despite complete rest
6. Unexplained sudden loss of weight.
After medical tests, if the cause of the above symptoms is found to be due to colon cancer, it is indicative that cancer has already grown or spread. That’s why it is important to get regular screenings done for colon cancer. Screening by colonoscopy can prevent the development of colon cancer by detecting and removing pre-cancerous polyps. Also, colonoscopy can detect cancer in early stages. Treatment and prognosis of colon cancer are better for those who are diagnosed with the presence of cancer in the early stage.