Signs and Symptoms
Most common signs of colorectal cancer
While the following signs are not unique to colorectal cancer and do not mean you have it, they may be cause for concern:
- Blood in the stool (either bright red or very dark in color)
- A persistent change in normal bowel habits such as diarrhea, constipation or both, for no apparent reason
- Frequent or constant cramps if they last for more than a few days
- Stools that are narrower than usual
- General stomach discomfort (bloating, fullness and/or cramps)
- Frequent gas pains
- A strong and continuing need to move your bowels, but with little stool
- A feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
- Weight loss for no known reason
- Constant tiredness
If you have not had a colonoscopy in the past ten years and notice any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor and make an appointment to have a screening today.
Note that many people diagnosed with colorectal cancer never had any symptoms or early warning signs. Only a colonoscopy can give you the assurance that you are free of the disease.