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What're the symptoms of colon cancer?

The symptoms of colon cancer may resemble the symptoms of other conditions, such as infections, hemorrhoids, and inflammatory bowel disease, so it is important to see a doctor and get an accurate diagnosis. Some of the signs of colon

cancer include rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, constipation or diarrhea, abdominal pain, and a marked decrease in the diameter of your stools (that is, your stools become more narrow, and typically longer in length). colon cancer can also result in anemia, or a low red blood cell count. If a cancer becomes large enough, it can block the colon, giving rise to intense abdominal pain and preventing bowel movements.

That colon cancer often fails to produce any symptoms until the cancer has grown very large or even metastasized (spread) to other parts of the body. This is why the identification and subsequent removal of polyps through regular screening plays such an important role in colon cancer prevention. Because both polyps and cancers tend to bleed, doctors can first try testing the stools of the subject for trace amounts of blood. If blood is found, the doctor can then perform either a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy. These procedures allow a doctor to look through a lighted tube at the inside walls of your colon and remove polyps - in essence stopping the cancer before it begins.

More information on colon cancer

What is colon cancer? - Colon cancer is cancer of any part of the colon. Cancer of the colon and rectum is the third leading cause of cancer in males.
What're the risk factors for colon cancer? - Risk factors for colon cancer include age, diet, medical conditions, family history, ulcerative colitis.
What're the symptoms of colon cancer? - The symptoms of colon cancer may resemble the symptoms of other conditions, including infections, hemorrhoids, and inflammatory bowel disease.
How is colon cancer diagnosed? - All adults more than 50 years old should be screened for colon cancer since regular screening has been shown to reduce colon cancer deaths.
What's the treatment for colon cancer? - Different types of treatment are available for patients with colon cancer. Surgery is the most common treatment for all stages of colon cancer.
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