Signs and Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer
Colon Cancer is often determined because of the prevailing signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer. Some of the common signs of colorectal cancer include abdominal pain, watery stools and a sudden change in your bowel habit. Unfortunately, the common signs can also be caused by different medical conditions. The stools found in the blood can also be caused by piles or haemorrhoids and the sudden change in the bowel habit can be caused by something you ate. Below are some facts that can help you in determining if you have a colorectal cancer.
Your Guide about the Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer
In 2009, for 12 weeks, Miss Loh Hui Ping passed blood in her stool every day but she chose to ignore because it was painless. The 22 year old medical social worker remembered, “I read on the Internet that blood in the stool could be due to colorectal cancer, but this usually happened to people over 50 years old. I didn’t think it would happen to me.” By the time she went to see the doctor 4 months later, she was already diagnosed with stage one rectal cancer.
According to SGH, people under 40 made up two out of every 100, or about 14 patients with colorectal cancer seen in the hospital in 2010.
A total of 9,324 new cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed from 2010-2014 in Singapore.
“Colorectal cancer is so uncommon in those under 40 that its warning signs tend to be ignored, said Associate Professor Tang Choong Leong, who is acting head of colorectal surgery at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). “Or they may dismiss blood in the stools for piles,” he said.
So do not fret if you find these symptoms of colorectal cancer since it does not necessarily mean that you have a developing cancer.
Most of the people who have a colon cancer are those who are more than 60 years old. This means that as you age the symptoms of colorectal cancer turns out to be more important. If the symptoms persist, then you have to undergo an analysis to find out if you have a cancer.
These are the more distinct symptoms of colorectal cancer:
- Severe abdominal pain. A person will experience discomfort or an immediate bloating after eating. There are also instances that this condition will lead to a massive weight loss and loss in appetite.
- Stools found in the blood with the absence of other symptoms of haemorrhoids such as itching, pain, discomfort, soreness and a lump that hangs down at the passage.
- There is a continual change in bowel movement, the stools do not have a speck of blood, but the person is experiencing a massive pain in the abdomen.
- There is a repeated change in the bowel movement causing them to experience a discharge more often. Their stools also appear to be watery, and there are bloods in the stools.
In case that you are experiencing these symptoms of colorectal cancer, be wary about it. You may not feel any weakening or illness, but colon cancer usually work that way. There are also distinct cases where you may experience an obstruction in your bowel movement. The obstruction in the bowel may prevent the undigested waste to pass through. The symptoms of bowel obstruction may include vomiting, swelling or bloated tummy, difficulty on bowel movement and a major pain in the abdomen that typically disappear and resurface.
These symptoms of colorectal cancer are all medical emergency. In case that you are experiencing some or all of these signs are sure to have it checks with Go Health Screening. Early diagnosis is still our first line of defense against the big C.
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