Common Colorectal Cancer Symptoms
- Changes in your bowel habits ( such as bowel movements that are either more or less frequent than normal)
- Constipation (difficulty having a bowel movement or straining to have a bowel movement
- Diarrhea (loose or watery stools)
- Intermittent (alternating) constipation and diarrhea
- Unintentional weight loss (losing weight when not dieting or trying to lose weight)
- Feeling that bowel does not empty completely
- Bright red or dark red blood in your stools
- Stools that are thinner than normal (“pencil stools”)
- Anemia (low red blood cell count or low iron in your red blood cells)
- Unexplained fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- Abdominal discomfort – gas, bloating, fullness, and/or cramps
- Nausea and/or vomiting
NOTE: Colon cancer symptoms aren’t always obvious, but you can learn what these symptoms look and feel like. Understanding colon cancer symptoms is important, because you can use this knowledge to work with your doctor to find out the cause and to take care of your long-term health.
Colorectal Cancer Quick Facts
- Colorectal cancer is the second cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States.
- Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States.
- The most common symptom of colon cancer is “No Symptom” (Should everyone be worried symptomless or not? )
- 90% of colon cancer cases occur in people 50 years and older.
- More than 1.2 million Americans are living with colorectal cancer.
- African-Americans have the highest incidence and mortality rate of all groups in the United States
- A family history of adenomatous polyps and/or colon cancer.
- A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, adenomatous polyps or colon cancer.
- Behavioral risk factors include: Tobacco, Alcohol, Physical Inactivity, Obesity, and High Fat Diet (red meats).
- Less than half of Americans over the age of 50 report having had a recent colorectal cancer-screening test.
- Just 38% of colorectal cancers are detected at the earliest stage.
- “My Doctor Never Talked To Me About Getting Screened”