Silent but Deadly:
Symptoms of CRC

How do I know if I already have colon cancer?

There’s only one sure way to know – get screened!

Colorectal cancer is often silent. Benign polyps in your colon or rectum can become malignant over time, but you may not be able to tell there’s something wrong until the cancer has metastasized. And then it will be much harder to treat.

However, sometimes there are early warning signs.

Primary Symptoms

  • Bleeding from the rectum (don’t assume you have hemorrhoids)
  • Blood in or on your stools (it may be dark red or black in colour)
  • Diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both, sometimes with mucus in the stool, that lasts for more than two weeks
  • Stools narrower than usual or a feeling that the bowel is not emptying completely
  • Change in your bowel patterns
  • Weight loss for no apparent reason

You may also notice

  • Bloating, abdominal fullness, general stomach discomfort that comes and goes or persists
  • Unusual and prolonged fatigue
  • Vomiting

If you are suffering from some of the primary symptoms, talk to your doctor.

But remember, colon cancer doesn’t always toot its own horn!

There is more than one thing that’s silent but deadly.

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