Why are the signs of colorectal cancer so simple to ignore?

Bloating, abdominal pain, and a feeling of overflowing in the stomach are the first signs of colorectal cancer. They can be confused with normal, harmless digestive issues.

Colorectal cancer symptoms are not distinctive at first, and they are easily confused with common digestive system ailments. Rectal bleeding, weight loss, changes in bowel frequency, and weakness are all causes for concern.

The first symptoms of colorectal cancer

The early stage of colorectal cancer is usually asymptomatic, with bloating, abdominal pain, and other symptoms associated with digestive problems. The timing of symptoms depends on where the cancer is located, with symptoms appearing later for tumors in the right colon.

The warning signs of colorectal cancer should not be ignored.

The most important idea is that symptoms of bleeding, weight loss, change in bowel movements, and weakness should be seen by a doctor, as the earlier the disease is detected, the better the prognosis.

Symptoms that should pay special attention include:

  • rectal bleeding ,
  • blood in the stool
  • mucus in the stool
  • change in bowel habits (e.g. more frequent diarrhea or constipation),
  • problem with defecation,
  • feeling of pressure to stool,
  • stomach pain,
  • “pencil” stools,
  • bloating, feeling full or overflowing,
  • palpable tumor,
  • weight loss,
  • anemia,
  • weakness.

Symptoms of the disease vary depending on the location of the tumor. Symptoms of colorectal cancer developing in the right half of the colon :

  • pain in the right side of the abdomen,
  • dark red blood in the stool
  • iron deficiency anemia.

Symptoms of colorectal cancer developing in the left half of the colon :

  • change in the frequency of bowel movements – the appearance of diarrhea or constipation ,
  • rectal bleeding, blood in stool
  • flatulence, abdominal pain.

Colorectal cancer is most commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 50, but it can occur in children as well. As a result, it is important to carefully monitor all new and chronic illnesses. Alarming symptoms should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible, and diagnostic tests should be performed. The earlier cancer is detected, the better the chances of cancer treatment success.


Author: DoctorMaryam.org

4th Professional Medical Student. Karachi Medical and Dental College.

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