Nowadays, colon cancer is the third most common cancer in America as well as the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. The reason why this happens is because its symptoms are sometimes awkward, but they should definitely be taken into serious consideration. Moreover, this type of cancer affects people of all ages.
Colon cancer occurs when healthy cells in the colon develop errors in their DNA. Once the cell DNA is damaged, the cancerous cells continue to divide and a as a result of that, tumors appear.
Here are some of the main symptoms that indicate colorectal cancer:
- Unexplained Weight Loss
Sudden weight loss with no apparent reason can be a sign of colon cancer, because the disease changes the way your body uses food, thus preventing you to absorb the essential nutrients from the food.
- Narrow Stool
Changes in the stool are also a symptoms of cancer, especially if you notice thinner stools. Pay close attention to these changes and consult a specialist on time.
- The Unproductive Urge to Have a Bowel Movement
Constipation is yet another indicator of cancer, especially if it is persistent. It is in fact a sign of a possible tumor in your rectum. If you notice this, make sure to consult an expert immediately.
- Abdominal Pain
Depending on the type of pain you feel, whether it’s sharp or dull, it can definitely be a sign of cancer since tumors cause a blockage or tear which results in pain. The pain can be accompanied with nausea, vomiting and abdominal distention.
- Iron-Deficiency Anemia
Anemia is also a symptom of cancer since colon cancer tumors that bleed cause an iron loss in your body which means you are losing blood. However, a routine test will only reveal anemia.
One of the major sings of cancer is rectal bleeding, so if you notice blood on your toilet paper mixed with your stool, consult your doctor immediately. This is why it is crucial to pay attention to your stool and do not ignore this sign, instead take an action as soon as possible.
Feeling exhausted for no apparent reason and you are not able to function properly, make sure to check this with your doctor since it can be a sing of cancer.
If some of your family members have suffered from colon cancer, make sure to get tested now rather than later when you are older and your options are far and few. Moreover, if you experience some of the abovementioned symptoms, consult a specialist immediately. Watch the video below for more information: