4 Colon Cancer Signs and Symptoms That Are Often Ignored by Many People

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Cases of colon cancer are increasingly common in people aged 20-49 years. This cancer is the highest contributor to death, the reason is that there are still many people who are difficult to recognize the symptoms of this disease.

In fact, colon cancer has clear warning symptoms, if you can recognize it faster then this disease can be cured.

Detecting diseases as soon as possible is the key to treating disease. Therefore, the American Cancer Society recommends that everyone should have regular health checks at the age of 30 years.

As part of a physical exam, your doctor will carefully feel your abdomen and also examine the rest of your body.

You might also get certain blood tests to help determine if you might have colorectal cancer.

Check out some common signs of colon cancer you need to know:

1. There is blood in the stool

You don’t need to panic when blood appears in the stool. This condition can be caused by hemorrhoids or rectal fractures. However, if the bleeding is large and black or red for an extended period of time, you should seek medical attention immediately.

According to Lisa Ganjhu, professor of gastroenterology at NYU’s Langone Health Center, this is a sign that the large intestine has a problem, there could be a developing tumor.

Blood in the stool means there is bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract. Sometimes the amount of blood is so small that it can only be detected by a fecal occult test (which checks for hidden blood in the stool).

At other times it may visible on toilet tissue or in the toilet after a bowel movement as bright red blood. Bleeding that happens higher up in the digestive tract may make stool appear black and tarry.

Possible causes of blood in stool include:

Diverticular disease. Diverticula are small pouches that project from the colon wall. Usually diverticula don’t cause problems, but sometimes they can bleed or become infected.

Anal fissure: A small cut or tear in the tissue lining the anus similar to the cracks that occur in chapped lips or a paper cut. Fissures are often caused by passing a large, hard stool and can be painful.