For most individuals a colon cancer symptom does not exhibit itself until later advanced stages of the disease. Colon cancer tumors grow relatively slowly and may go undetected for a long period of time.
A colon tumor symptom is typically bleeding although symptoms will differ depending on the location, scope, and type of colon cancer present.
An earlier symptom is blood in the stool (feces) which may not always be visible to the naked eye.
Testing may be required to detect the traces of blood in the stool. Otherwise blood may be visible in streaks or regions of the feces.
Colon cancer symptoms:
- visible blood in the stool (feces)
- general fatigue and weakness due to internal blood loss
- constipation and/or bowel obstruction
- frequent bowel movements
- abdominal cramps and/or pain
- mass detectable on colon from exterior through the abdominal wall
- painful bowel movements
- chronic sensation that feces has not completely emptied from rectum
- rectal pain while sitting
As with most cancers, early detection and treatment are key to prolonged survival and potential cure.
Most important is to reduce personal risk factors which are known to increase prevalence of colon cancer. Family history, diet, and other inflammatory bowel diseases are known to increase the risk of colon cancer.
Unfortunately a colon tumor symptom will usually only exhibit itself in later stages of the disease. Routine medical screening increases the success of earlier detection.