Colon Cancer Awareness Month: Signs Of Colon Cancer
It’s colon cancer awareness month which mean that if we have one thing on our mind right now, it’s you as our patient. With over 140,000 new diagnoses of colon cancer each year, we don’t want you to be one of them. Just like with any other sort of cancer, colon cancer can be aggressive in later stages, but if we catch it early on, we can usually treat it. In addition to getting regular colonoscopies from our office every couple of years after the age of 40, there are some other signs to look out for.
A Change In Bowel Habits
You are probably more in tune with your bowels than you may be aware of. For instance, even though you don’t talk about it with many people (if any) ,you probably have a regular cycle and schedule every day. If you have noticed a change in your bowel habits that has lasted for four weeks — including diarrhea or constipation— then that’s a sign that there may be something else going on with your bowels.
Blood In Stool
Blood in your stool could mean a variety of things including polyps, but it should be examined by our office.
Rectal bleeding can occur because of hemorrhoids, anal intercourse, or other things, but it shouldn’t occur out of nowhere. If you have rectal bleeding, contact our office.
Persistent Abdominal Pain
A large sign of colon cancer is persistent abdominal pain along with the feeling that you’re unable to go to the restroom. If you have a combination of these sensations that won’t subside, then schedule an appointment with us.
Weakness Or Fatigue
If there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that life is exhausting. If you have been feeling like you are weaker or more fatigued than normal, then it may be a sign of a variety of health concerns. If you are experiencing weakness or fatigue in conjunction with symptoms above, then it’s definitely worth getting tested for colon cancer.
Unexplained Weight Loss
Losing weight is something to be proud of for most people, but if you have lost a lot of weight recently without trying, then it may be the sign of a health issue like colon cancer.
Colon cancer awareness months means that we encourage all of our patients to come in for a colonoscopy if they are due. If you want to learn more about colon cancer screening or to schedule your exam, contact our office today and call us at (646) 971-0237.