Colorectal cancer is a dangerous type of cancer which can often be fatal. In 2016 alone, about 140 000 people were diagnosed with either colon or rectal cancer.
The main problem with diagnosing the disease is that people often ignore the symptoms until it’s too late due to the symptoms being associated with other diseases. Thankfully, this article will show you the symptoms of colorectal cancer that should never be ignored.
Cramps can be easily overlooked as they are associated with numerous non-cancerous conditions. Experiencing abdominal cramps doesn’t mean that you have cancer, but if the symptom doesn’t go away after a while, it may be an indication of colorectal cancer.
Fatigue is a common symptom of many diseases and conditions, which is why it’s often overlooked as a symptom of colorectal cancer. However, if you sleep well and have a healthy, well-balanced diet and you’re experiencing fatigue along other colorectal cancer symptoms, you should visit a doctor immediately.
Fatigue and cancer are connected due to the disease using your body’s energy. Fatigue caused by colon cancer is often accompanied by blood loss.
Sudden weight loss
If you experience sudden weight loss you should know that it can be a serious indicator of colon cancer. Sudden weight loss is described as an unintentional loss of 5% or more of your weight during 6 months. As cancer cells use the body’s energy as fuel, the disease can also affect your immune system, which results in weight loss. In cases of colon cancer, there might be a large tumor which blocks the colon, affecting bowel movement and causing sudden weight loss.
Irregular bowel movements
People don’t usually pay much attention to their bowel movements. However, the timing, consistency and appearance of your bowel movements can indicate serious health conditions including colorectal cancer. Colon polyps can turn cancerous over time and affect your bowel movements if they grow into tumors, also affecting your large intestine function and causing stool changes.