Colon Cancer Symptoms
There are some common signs and colon cancer symptoms. And … then there are the not-so obvious. Especially when you’re dealing with colon and rectal cancer in young adults. Here are the common signs and symptoms of CRC:
- O SYMPTOM AT ALL
- Diarrhea (that will not stop) that lasts for more than a few daysConstipation (you can’t “go” to save your life) that lasts for more than a few days
- Unintended or unexplained weight loss (or weight gain)
- Narrow stools – poo looks pencil-thin
- Change in stools – poo just looks different, smells different
- Gas, bloating and cramps
- Weakness and fatigue – no energy at ALL
- Feeling like you need to go poo – and still feeling like you need to poo once you’ve gone
- Killer abdominal pain and discomfort
- Blood in stool (although not always visible.) Blood can be rectal bleeding, dark stools or blood on the stool, although the stool will look normal.
- Passing a large amount of blood
Please note: This is NOT to be taken as medical advice. Most of these symptoms are NOT colorectal cancer and are caused by other conditions like IBD, hemorrhoids, infection, etc.
But, know your body. If you’re seeing ANY of the following signs or symptoms, see a physician.
And if you get the run-around where they say you’re too young for a colonoscopy … show them a Colondar and DEMAND to be seen.
YOU’RE SURE IT’S NOT COLON CANCER?
Melissa (Aug. 2012) demanded answers when she got the runaround.
Although the symptoms of colon cancer can indicate other diseases, sometimes they’re pointing exactly to the cause –cancer. If you’ve been treated and symptoms still persist, make sure to keep looking for the culprit.
Over the years, here are some of the assumed diagnoses our Colondar models received before doctors discovered their colorectal cancer.
- Pregnancy pains
- Colitis or Crohn’s Disease
- Depression and psychiatric help
- Spastic colon
- Spiritual problems
- Gall bladder problems
- Low fiber or poor diet
- Working out too hard or too much
- “Female” problems
- Anal fissure
- “Just a tear”
- Food allergies
- Lactose intolerance