What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer?
Like many cancer types, early symptoms of colon cancer are generally confused with other minor ailments. This is one of the reasons why colorectal cancer is so hard to detect early.
Some of the commonly experienced symptoms include:
- Changes in stool color
- Bleeding from the rectum or blood in the stool
- Abdominal discomfort
- Weakness or fatigue
- Unintentional weight loss
- Chronic headaches
- Blurry vision
- Swollen hands or feet
As mentioned before, at early stages many people with colon cancer do not experience any symptoms of the disease. And when the symptoms appear, they are likely to be unique, depending on the tumor’s size and site in your large intestine.
If you notice any of these above listed or any kind of strange symptoms of colon cancer, make an appointment with your doctor for colorectal cancer screening immediately.
How to prevent colon cancer?
It is estimated that about 75% of all colon cancer cases could be avoided by taking these few steps mentioned below:
- Screening: Getting regular screening tests for colon cancer is the single best way to protect yourself from the disease.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Not just colorectal, but many other types of cancers have been linked to overweight and obesity.
- Quit smoke: Smoking is a major cause of different types of cancers, including colon cancer.
- Limit alcohol consumption: Alcohol can increase the risk of colon and other cancers at even low levels.