5 Early Warning Signs Of ANAL CANCER

How can you ensure you’re not part of this disturbing trend? Know the early symptoms of colon cancer and consult a gastroenterologist as soon as you notice symptoms of colon cancer. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Bleeding
    Watch for bright red rectal bleeding or dark-colored stools, which could indicate blood.
  2. Stomach pain
    Watch for persistent abdominal pain, discomfort, and bloating.
  3. Change in bowel habits
    This can include constipation, diarrhea, changes in stool consistency, or narrowing of the stool.
  4. Tenesmus
    It is defined as feeling like you need to “go” after having a bowel movement, or feeling like a bowel movement is incomplete.
  5. Weight loss for no apparent reason
    Unintentional weight loss can be an early warning sign.
  6. Fatigue/weakness
    This means you have iron deficiency anemia.

Many people have no symptoms in the early stages of colon cancer, so it’s important to get screened after age 45 or if you have a family history of colon cancer. It’s normal to experience the above symptoms occasionally, but if you notice persistent changes and persist for more than two weeks, it’s time to see a gastroenterologist. Contact our expert team of local GI physicians at Adult Gastroenterology Associates.

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