10 Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Fecal Occult Blood Test Reliable and Accurate Results

Fecal Occult Blood Test Reliable and Accurate Results

Colon cancer is a tricky disease. You can go without symptoms for many years until the disease has progressed into the later stages. However, just because this is possible does not mean you should not be on the look out for the signs and symptoms of colon cancer. Because when it is caught in time, you can completely recover from colon cancer. This is particularly why colon cancer screening is so important. However, there are many things you can keep an eye out for as well.

Bleeding

Rectal bleeding is a major sign of colon cancer. However, bleeding can be a sign of many other conditions such as hemorrhoids, fissures, the consumption of certain foods or iron supplements. Make sure to eliminate the possibility of these conditions before becoming overly concerned. Rectal bleeding can be caused by many different factors. These are just a few things you can research about this subject:

Pain

If you have pain in your lower abdomen, it could be a sign of colon cancer. Again, this can also be a sign of many other conditions, so it is important to see your doctor. Some subjects you want to further research about abdomen pain:

Change in Bowel Movements

A change in bowel movements is always a sign that something is amiss. It could be due to a change in diet, stress or some other factors, but again, see your doctor to find out for sure. This is especially the case when you have dramatic changes such as suddenly having watery stools, frequent stools, constipation or feeling as though your bowels have not entirely emptied. Do more search about these:

Anemia

Sometimes, a sudden onset of anemia can be a sign of colon cancer. Visit your doctor to find out the cause. But don’t forget, there are many different types of anemia:

Weight Loss

A sudden, dramatic or unexplained weight loss can be a sign of colon cancer. It is a somewhat rare symptom, so should definitely warrant immediate medical attention. Unexplained dramatic weight loss could be serious.

Abdominal Tenderness

Sometimes, the lower abdomen can be tender to the touch if you have colon cancer. It all depends on where the cancer is located in the colon, really.

Narrow Stools

If your stool suddenly appears thin or narrow, it may be a sign of colon cancer. This is especially the case if your stools become narrow all of a sudden. Stools typically take on a narrow appearance due to an obstruction in the bowels.

Fatigue

A sudden loss of energy can be a sign of many conditions, but it can also be a sign of colon cancer. If you feel run down and unable to function, it may be a good time to head off to the doctor.

Bloating

Again, bloating can be a sign of many conditions, but it is also indicative of colon cancer. You may simply feel bloated for no reason or your abdomen may be visibly distended. In either case, it is a good idea to have the condition checked out with your physician.

Shortness of Breath

As you may have gathered by now, symptoms of colon cancer can imitate many other conditions as well. If you feel out of breath often or feel as though you can not catch your breath, see your doctor.

So you see the common theme here? See your doctor! At least get a fecal occult colon cancer test, and see if you have blood in your stool. Symptoms of colon cancer can be sneaky and the key to successful treatment is early diagnosis. Do not risk it. If you feel ‘off’ and exhibit any combination of the above symptoms, let your physician know about it.

16 comments to 10 Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer

  • Julia

    I feel all of these symptoms…only not weight loss, but instead a slight weight gain…i am awaiting fecal occult blood results.
    I am worried though!

  • kevin

    I have experienced 6 of these symptoms over the last year and every test I have had comes back negative. The only ones I have NOT had are weight loss, anemia, fatigue. I had an endoscopy to look at my stomach and esphagas and my esphagas is real irritated so they have had me taking Prilosec OTC for almost a year which has helped to a point but has not made it go away. I don’t know if I should go back to the Dr or just deal with it seeing as how every test they do comes back negative and I waste all this time and money only to be told I am fine.

  • gil

    I have almost similar symptoms, except for anemia and weight loss, I already went for check-up twice and the doctor just prescribed duspatalin, motillium and pankreoflat (his findings were upset colon), ultrasound result is negative, there’s a slight abdominal pain and it’s not painful when a pressure or force is applied on my lower abdomen (maybe he’s checking if a lump/tumor have developed), but I’m going to have a second opinion though, just to make sure, hopefully this is not it.

  • Debra DiPietro

    All 3 of you, regardless of age, should have a colonoscopy. This is the best test to see if there is any colon condition to explain your symptoms. Usually ANY change in bowel habits, or bleeding from the rectum should be evaluated by Colonoscopy. Push for it even if you are not at average age for Colon Cancer Screening that is typically done at age 50. If you have a first degree relative with colon polyps or colon cancer you have a higher risk for cancer. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are too young for a colonoscopy. I am a RN in gastroenterology for over 20 years. We are seeing polyps and cancers in people under 40 more often. There is no need to wait. Please push for the colonoscopy…

  • Sheryl

    My mother had colon cancer (a spot was also removed from her liver). She passed away Aug. 2008. I’ve had some pain in my left side and lower back that comes and goes. Some tenderness in the same area along with a slight swelling. Narrow stool, or small amount of mucus like stool or very watery(daily w/fowl odor). Extreme gas and a occasional feeling of pressure on the inside of my rectum. I’ve experienced a weight gain, very tired, can’t focus at times. Burpy and an occasional feeling of can’t catch my breath, I take a few deep breaths then I’m okay. Have bouts of breaking out in a sweat. Also, sudden urge to urinate with difficulty holding it. I was diagnosed .w/RA a year ago and am taking med for this. I had a colonoscopy about 4 years ago that was negative.

  • Shawna Ward

    Did any of you feel a long smooth lump next to your left hip??? I have a long lump from my pelvic bone to under my rib.

  • [...] If you have bleeding (and it’s generally a bright red color) “don’t assume it’s hemorrhoids,” says Patricia Raymond, MD, of Chesapeake, Va.  Colorectal cancer can also cause rectal bleeding, so you need to see your doctor to rule out cancer or other serious causes of rectal bleeding.  The well documented case of Farrah Fawcett in 2009 brought the whole subject of colon cancer to the front of the news pages.  One of the main signs of colon cancer is rectal bleeding but, as I said, many other conditions such as hemorrhoids, fissures, the consumption of certain foods or iron supplements can cause this. Make sure to eliminate the possibility of these conditions before becoming overly concerned. Rectal bleeding can be caused by many different factors. Read more: http://www.testcountry.org/10-signs-symptoms-of-colon-cancer.htm#ixzz0X6CVc8OK [...]

  • tom

    I have all of these sytoms and have also had a colonoscapy and a capsualendoscapy and the camera down my throat and a nuclear scan for mekels nothing ! Spent my 18th birthday in hospital because if this any other ideas please ?

  • emma

    i am pregnant and i think i may also have bowel canser. i have experianced and still are expariancing pain, shortnes of breath, straining, blood and a change in bowel movements, loss of apitite and dehydration

  • Lora

    I had a radical Nephrectomy June 2011 and have been feeling all the symptoms of some other problems. Abdominal pain like flu nausea constant diarrhea for no reason, stomach bloat. I’ve wiped out all sugar, bread, all meat except a little fish and cage free chicken. I eat sunflower sprouts, carrot juice, all whole foods, beat Ovarian cancer in 1986, again in 93 then in 2011. Dad just passed away from colon cancer, and now I get to have more tests. This time a colonoscopy. I get that fear could be my main emotion.

  • jonathen jay patterson

    I just went #’2 and nothing but blood was in the toilet. I’m 24 years old and don’t have insurance ….it was both light and dark. I’m dizzy as well.

  • Raj

    Dear doctor i am facing a problem last 12 years . my stomach not clear stool. i am not getting stool pressure last 12 years. my bowel & rectum not getting any sign of stool pressure . i have to use finger for passing the stools from the Anus or rectum . stools not come outside as natural way. i have taken lot medicine . but no releaf. plz help i am worring.

  • kathy

    Hi to Jonathen and Raj…Jonathan try laxido 3 sachets a day sorted my problem ask your GP don’t be embaressed they are used to this prob…why suffer and worry…?

    Raj…it could be just piles and you can get cream over the counter …my son had same experience he is 22,You should also get it checked out with your Doc BEST WISHES! I also have a prob but more complicated than yours wish me luck!

  • Rachel

    Hi, I’m 29 years old and rather concerned! I have blood and mucus in my stool and change in bowls, have pain in lower left side of stomach and back, feel sick and weight gain! My blood test came back ok but being sent for a colonoscopy. Feel so drain. My stomach is constantly bloated and have very bad shooting pain in my bum when passing wind! My nan had bowel cancer but doc said I’m to young. I don’t want to worry my family but finding it so hard to cope as I have 4 children to look after also x

  • Arjay

    Hi.. i have all the symptoms especially my stool narrows.. i had hemmorhoids for 8 years now, is hemmorhoids may lead to colon cancer? i am so wory because my anus is bleeding especially when i am constipating. i am afraid to go to the doctor to find out my condition.

  • Tammy

    I am 41 years old, the past six months I have experienced a signifficant weight gain . I have also had pain in my lower back and my stomach.I have been having bright red blood (a lot) off and on when I have a bowel movement for at least the whole six months. I have recently noticed mucus in my stools almost a tablespoon amount. Cancer runs in my family. Besides cancer what else could be causing this?

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