Symptoms of Colorectal cancer


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General information about symptoms of Colorectal cancer: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Colorectal cancer. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Colorectal cancer. Furthermore, symptoms of Colorectal cancer may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Colorectal cancer.

List of symptoms of Colorectal cancer: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Colorectal cancer includes:

Symptoms of Colorectal cancer: Colorectal cancer is sometimes called a silent killer. This is because a person can have no symptoms at all at the start of the illness. As the cancer worsens, symptoms start to appear. The good news is that this cancer, if caught early, can be treated and often cured. The even better news is that it can be prevented with screening tests and a healthy lifestyle. 1

There are often no symptoms for colorectal cancer in its early stages, which is why screening tests are important. People who do have symptoms can have:

  • A change in bowel habits

  • Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel doesn't empty completely

  • Bright red or very dark blood in the stool

  • Stools that are narrower than normal

  • Discomfort in the abdomen - frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, and/or cramps

  • Weight loss with no known reason

  • Constant and extreme tiredness

  • Vomiting

  • Anemia (low iron in the blood) with no known reason

Some of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions. Talk with your health care provider right away if you think you are having any of these symptoms.1

Common signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer include:

  • A change in bowel habits

  • Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely

  • Blood (either bright red or very dark) in the stool

  • Stools that are narrower than usual

  • General abdominal discomfort (frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, and/or cramps)

  • Weight loss with no known reason

  • Constant tiredness

  • Vomiting

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More symptoms of Colorectal cancer: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Colorectal cancer, underlying causes of Colorectal cancer, associated conditions for Colorectal cancer, risk factors for Colorectal cancer, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Colorectal Cancer: NWHIC
2. excerpt from What You Need To Know About Cancer of the Colon and Rectum: NCI

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