Know the Early Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer
Colon cancer is one of the more common cancers, accounting for nearly 100,000 diagnoses each year in the United States. The disease is also highly detectable and treatable, and the earlier colon cancer is caught, the better your chances of successful treatment.
Knowing the early warning signs of colon cancer, getting regular screenings, and seeking prompt medical attention at the first sign of a problem are keys to a positive outcome. Here’s information on what to look for and how to reduce your colon cancer risk.
Screenings Promote Early Detection in Those with Higher Risk for Colon Cancer
Many people with colon cancer experience no symptoms during the disease’s early stages. For that reason, getting regular colon cancer screenings is absolutely crucial –especially if you are older than age 50 or have other risk factors for developing colon cancer, including a family or personal history of colon cancer, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), an African American or Ashkenazi background, obesity, a physically inactive lifestyle, and a diet high in red and processed meats.
Symptoms That May Signal Colon Cancer
As colon cancer progresses, it can cause certain symptoms depending on how large the tumors are and where they are located. If you experience any of the following signs and symptoms of colon cancer, make an appointment to see your primary care physician as soon as possible:
- Changes in bowel habits, like constipation or diarrhea, that last longer than 4 weeks
- Blood in the stool
- Frequent abdominal discomfort, including gas, pain, cramps, and bloating
- Unexplained weight loss
- Chronic fatigue or tiredness
- Persistent feeling that you have to go
- Unexplained iron deficiency
Your primary care physician may schedule a colonoscopy or another type of screening procedure that can detect polyps, non-cancerous growths that can become cancerous if left untreated.
Contact Regional Cancer Care Associates for the Most Advanced Treatments
Regional Cancer Care Associates offers state-of-the-art cancer treatment technologies – all delivered with compassion and a commitment to helping you win your battle. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with colon cancer, contact us for an appointment at one of our 30 locations throughout Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey. During your consultation with one of our highly trained oncologists, we’ll speak with you about every aspect of your cancer and – in conjunction with your doctor – come up with a treatment plan that’s right for you.