How can colon cancer be distinguished?
For a long time, the symptoms of colon cancer remained unknown. In fact, colorectal cancer develops at first without any apparent symptoms. As a result, the detection of the disease is most often effective late. However, early diagnosis ensures better management. Nowadays, it is possible to carry out a screening, but certain signs should not be missed.
The presence of bleeding in the stool
In this case, the presence of blood of red or dark color may appear in the stool. Usually the stools are bloody or have streaks of blood. When the blood passes through digestion in the colon, the stools are then black in color. Furthermore, it is quite possible that the bleeding is not visible to the naked eye. It is advisable to carry out tests to be able to confirm the presence of blood in the stool. It should not be automatically deduced that this phenomenon is linked to hemorrhoids. Only a medical opinion can rule on the situation.
The appearance of transit disorders
These are unusual disorders that appear suddenly, then persist. There are several cases. The cancer of the colon may manifest itself by sudden constipation, persistent diarrhea, but also the alternation of these two disorders. Care will have to be taken when the saddles have a narrower appearance. This means that the stools are longer and thinner, about the size of a pencil. You may also feel a constant urge to go to the bathroom. This is especially the case in the morning. In addition, a feeling of tension may occur in the rectum, as if it were full. The false urge to have a bowel movement is another manifestation of colorectal cancer. Finally, the patient may experience difficulty in evacuating. The operation can even be painful.
Frequent and constant abdominal pain
The appearance of unexplained abdominal pain, such as cramps, flatulence, bloating in the lower abdomen or even discomfort when you are sitting are all signs that should alert you. They may be linked to colon cancer.
Other manifestations of colorectal cancer
A person suffering from great fatigue or weight loss without apparent cause will lead to consultation. When bleeding is observed in the rectum, it may be rectal cancer.
To a lesser extent, colon cancer can cause the appearance of mucus from the anus or anemia.
A good diagnosis for better management
As soon as one or more symptoms appear, it is advisable to consult as soon as possible. The causes will not always be attributed to colorectal cancer. The doctor will carry out both an interview and a physical examination and may subsequently prescribe additional examinations, such as a colonoscopy. He will then refer you to a specialist, namely a gastroenterologist.
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