Sunday, July 22, 2012

What Are Colon Cancer Symptoms

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in US men, after lung and prostate cancer, according to National Cancer Institute's reports. In women, it is the second most common cancer, after breast cancer. Overall, 1 in 17 people will develop colon cancer, or known as colorectal cancer.

The spreading of colon cancer starts locally, so the symptoms are also local.
What are colon cancer symptoms?

► Intermitten diarrhea or constipation
► Red blood spot in the stools or rectal bleeding, similar to hemorrhoids.
► "Pencil stools": stools that are thinner than normal
► Feel of uncomplete bowel
► Abdominal discomfort, bloating, cramp, frequent gas pain.
► Fatigue and pale skin

If the tumor is getting larger, the colon cancer symptoms are systemic, such as:

► Unexplained weight loss which is losing weight when not dieting
► Extreme tiredness, easy to be tired
► Loss of appetite
► Anemia and jaundice

If you experience the colon cancer symptoms above, first thing to do is going to the doctor to get some diagnostic examinations of colon cancer. The doctor (usually a digestive surgeon) will perform a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy to exam to condition of colon mucosa.

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