Colorectal Cancer Symptoms
Colon Cancer and its signs
Colorectal cancer symptoms may vary among individuals. Some may experience no symptoms at all especially when the disease is at its earlier stages. Colorectal cancer develops from adenomatous or benign intestinal polyps which may generally produce no symptoms at all. If these intestinal polyps are not detected and removed, it can become cancerous resulting in various symptoms which includes a change in bowel movements, narrower stools and constipation.
Individuals suffering from colorectal cancer may also experience bloating, abdominal cramps, rectal bleeding, gas, and having blood in the stool. They may also experience the feeling of not being able to empty the bowel completely, fatigue, and abrupt weight loss.
If you are suspecting that you may be having colorectal cancer, you must consider the following and check with your physician if you are experiencing any of these colorectal cancer symptoms:
- No early symptoms – diseases that do not show early symptoms are considered as silent killers, as they will not show any symptoms until the condition is severe.
- Change in bowel habits – change in type and/or frequency of bowel motions.
- Diarrhea – prolonged loose bowel movement
- Constipation – having difficulty in passing feces or having an unusually dry stool.
- Anemia – reduced amount of red blood cells.
- Abdominal swelling – bloating or swelling of the abdomen.
- Gastrointestinal bleeding – bleeding in any part of the digestive tract.
- Bloody stool – which can also be a sign of rectal bleeding or gastrointestinal bleeding.
- Weight loss – is considered a symptom if it is totally unexplained.
- Extreme tiredness – characterized by a condition where there is extreme fatigue.
- Abdominal discomfort – a sensation discomfort that can be felt anywhere in the abdomen.
- Flatulence – passing gas in the anus.
- Narrow stool
- Vomiting – or throwing up in an abnormal manner
These and a other symptoms resulting to local obstruction and, in later stages, from direct extension to the adjacent organs such as the bladder, prostate, vagina, ureters and sacrum, into the distant metastasis which is usually the liver. You must remember that during the earlier stages, colorectal cancer symptoms are vague and may usually depend on the anatomic location and function of the bowel segment which contains the tumor. In the latter stages, symptoms may include the following:
- Pallor – reduces coloring of the skin and mucous membranes which is very subjective.
- Ascites – or the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity.
- Cachexia – a physical wasting which includes loss of weight and muscle mass.
- Hepatomegaly – or the enlargement of the liver.
- Lymphagiectasis – dilation of the lymphatic system
The latter colon cancer symptoms are already an indication that the cancer is already severe. If you are experiencing any of the earlier symptoms given above, it is recommended that you see a doctor immediately as it is already an indication that you are suffering from a serious medical condition. Some symptoms may be ignored by other people as they can undergo home treatment, but these symptoms, although most are minor or common in various medical conditions, may already be a sign of an underlying serious disease, such as colon cancer.