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Symptoms and diagnosis of colon or colorectal cancer


Source: breastcancer.org - a non-profit organisation, USA


June 26, 2004

Most cancers in their early, most treatable stages don't cause any symptoms. That is why it is important to have regular tests to check for cancer even when you might not notice anything wrong.

When colorectal cancer first develops, there may be no symptoms at all. But as the cancer grows, it can cause changes that people should watch for. Common signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer include:

  • a change in the frequency of bowel movements;
  • either bright red or very dark blood in the stool;
  • stools that are narrower than usual;
  • general abdominal discomfort such as frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, and/or cramps;
  • weight loss with no known reason;
  • constant tiredness;
  • vomiting;


These symptoms may be caused by colorectal cancer or by other conditions. It is important to check with a doctor if you have symptoms because only a doctor can make a diagnosis. Don't wait to feel pain. Early cancer usually doesn't cause pain.

Lower your risk factors where possible. Colon cancer can be prevented if polyps that lead to the cancer are detected and removed. If colon cancer is found in its early stages, it is up to 90 percent curable.

Beginning at age 50, the following tools are all used for early detection. They can help identify pre-cancerous conditions. If you are younger than 50 and one of your first-degree relatives has had colon cancer, you should consult with your doctor.

Tools used for early detection:
  • A fecal occult blood test, or FOBT, is a test used to check for hidden blood in the stool. Sometimes cancers or polyps can bleed, and FOBT can detect small amounts of bleeding;
  • A sigmoidoscopy is an examination of the rectum and lower colon -- or sigmoid colon -- using a lighted instrument called a sigmoidoscope;
  • A colonoscopy is an examination of the rectum and entire colon using a lighted instrument called a colonoscope;
  • A double contrast barium enema , or DCBE, is a series of x-rays of the colon and rectum. The patient is given an enema with a solution that contains barium, a substance that outlines the colon and rectum on the x-rays;
  • A digital rectal exam, or DRE, is an exam in which the doctor inserts a lubricated, gloved finger into the rectum to feel for abnormal areas.


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