Colon cancer is a general term for cancerous cells that multiply uncontrollably in the large bowel (colon and rectum). If it’s detected early enough, treatment can cure colon cancer and stop it coming back. Unfortunately, because the symptoms of colon cancer can be subtle and do not necessarily make you feel ill, it is not usually picked up until it has advanced. Pain in your rectum with a strong feeling of needing to go to the toilet to remove the build up is a warning sign of colon cancer.
Colon cancer is often diagnosed at a later stage than many other common cancers simply because symptoms do not manifest when the disease is in early stages, said Regional Cancer Care Associates
The health site added: “However, any persistent, unexplained changes in your health should always be reported to your physician.
“More common symptoms of colon cancer can include a change in bowel habits lasting multiple weeks, and a change in the consistency of your stool.
“The symptoms of colon cancer often mimic signs of other non-cancerous gastrointestinal disorders or even other types of cancer.
“There are also rare and uncommon symptoms that can be associated with a colon cancer diagnosis. While your symptoms are likely due to a non-cancerous cause, always be diligent about any changes in your normal health.”
You should see your GP if your change in bowel habit persists for more than four weeks.
But, just because you notice a subtle change to your bowel habit, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have bowel cancer.
The doctor will assess whether you may be at risk of the disease by asking about your symptoms, and whether you have a family history of bowel cancer.
Your GP could subsequently refer you to a specialist for further investigation.
Published at Fri, 06 Nov 2020 16:51:34 +0000