Colon Cancer

Stomach uneasiness, diarrhoea, and constipation  are possible indications of colorectal cancer.

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Excrement with blood (Blood in stool) :

If you have darker-colored stools or notice visible blood in your stool, this could indicate bleeding in the colon or rectum. However, bleeding may be present but not visible at times. This is occult (hidden) blood, and it may not be detected until a blood test reveals a low red blood cell count and a stool examination reveals microscopic blood. These tests are typically ordered when a patient exhibits unusual weight loss or unexplained anaemia.

Rectal Bleeding :

Bright red blood in the stool is frequently a sign of colon or rectal bleeding, which could be a symptom of colon or rectal cancer. Rectal bleeding can also be caused by hemorrhoids. Patients with hemorrhoids frequently describe symptoms that change with flare-ups, but cancer-related rectal bleeding typically persists or worsens and is more likely to be affected by discomfort

Bloating and pain in the abdomen :

Stomach bloating, distention, cramping, or discomfort in the abdomen or bowel area are all symptoms of colon or rectal cancer. These are common issues that can be exacerbated by a variety of illnesses, such as gastrointestinal discomfort caused by food poisoning, diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis. Consult a doctor if you frequently experience bloating and stomach discomfort that is not caused by an illness.

Nausea and Vomiting :

Nausea and vomiting may occur if a colon or rectal cancer is obstructing the gut and preventing the passage of liquid, solid, or gaseous waste. Additionally, bloating, uncomfortable stomach cramps, and constipation may all be signs of bowel obstruction.

Vomiting and nausea are symptoms of many illnesses, some of which can be minor or fatal. If you experience persistent nausea, signs of dehydration, or vomiting that lasts longer than 24 hours.

Unforeseen weight loss, diminished craving, and exhaustion :

Losing weight, losing your appetite, or feeling weak could all be signs of rectal or colon cancer in addition to many other unrelated issues. When someone has rectal or colon cancer, these symptoms and signs are frequently linked.

For instance, persistent diarrhea may cause weight loss. Additionally, stomach pain and nausea may suppress your appetite, preventing you from eating enough to maintain your weight. Finally, any of these issues can lead to weakness.

Dr. R. Phani Krishna

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