Although there is a growing awareness of colon and rectal cancer, not enough people actually get tested for this, it says Today. Here are six signs of this type of cancer that you should always take seriously.
According to The care guide is cancer of the colon or rectum – also called colorectal cancer – one of the most common forms of cancer in Sweden. It is also the third most common form of cancer in the United States, but despite this, many people are reluctant to discuss any signs of colorectal cancer with their doctor, according to Dr. Jennifer Inra, specialist in medical gastroenterology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA:
“Some may think it’s uncomfortable to talk about that part of the body,” says Inra Today. “There is public awareness, but not enough people go and get tested… people sometimes worry about the tests.”
Here are six signs of colorectal cancer you shouldn’t ignore, according to Today:
This is probably the most common sign of colon or rectal cancer. If you notice blood on the toilet paper, in the toilet or in the stool, tell your doctor. The blood may be bright red or a darker maroon color.
Generally speaking, there is more blood in colorectal cancer than in hemorrhoids or a superficial wound. Also keep in mind that the bleeding may appear and then disappear for a few weeks before coming back again.
2. Iron deficiency anemia
When colon cancer tumors bleed, this causes iron loss in your body. Some may not be aware that they are losing blood, but a routine blood test will show if someone is anemic, or if they don’t have enough healthy red blood cells.
3. Stomach pain
A tumor can cause a blockage or an ulcer, which in turn can cause cramping and other pain. Pain can be a sign that things can’t pass through the gut. You may also experience nausea, vomiting and a distended abdomen.
4. Slim stools
If your stools are regularly much thinner than before, this could be a sign of colorectal cancer. Also pay attention to other changes, such as constipation.
5. Need to empty the bowel without this happening
If you feel the need to empty your bowels, but nothing happens when you try, then the cause of this may be a tumor.
6. Unexplained weight loss
This is generally a potential sign of cancer. The disease can cause the way your body uses food to change so that you cannot absorb all the nutrients.