Symptoms of Colon Cancer
Signs and symptoms of colon cancer, symptoms of pancreatic cancer and other cancers of the bowel are largely similar and increase in intensity as the cancer develops.
It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms as it is a treatable disease with high levels of success when it is identified early.
The problems of recognition occur because the symptoms of colon cancer are not dissimilar to many other disturbances of the bowel from simple prolonged stomach upsets to newly developed food intolerances.
If you experience a persistent change in bowel movements, more or less frequent, diarrhoea, constipation or other pains or discomfort you should consult your doctor and get it checked out.
Do not be embarrassed when discussing these issues with your doctor he is used to talking about them all day long. If you get flustered and forget what you want to tell him write it down before you visit and take your notes with you.
You should consider any of the following symptoms as being cause for concern and worth monitoring. If they persist for more than a few days, or if pain and discomfort forces you before, consult with your doctor. Do not wait but also do not worry, most causes of these symptoms will not be specifically symptoms of colon cancer and most will be easily treated.
Look out for and monitor: bloating, indigestion, lumps in tummy, coughing, breathlessness and hoarseness, changes in bowel movement, bleeding / blood in stools, dark / black stools, moles, weight loss, feeling sick, being sick, loss of appetite, trouble swallowing, heartburn, stomach pain / gripping pain, trouble swallowing, diarrhoea, constipation, mucus in stools abdomen pain, pain in tummy or back passage, anaemia, tiredness, weight loss.
The following may also cause or be a precursor to cancers of the bowel: Cohn’s disease, colitis, anorexia, dyspepsia, jaundice, cirrhosis of liver (hepatoma), piles / haemorrhoids, polyps on bowel lining, 18S, diverticular disease, peatz-jeghers syndrome.
Constipation can be caused by a lack of fibre in the diet.
Polyps on bowel lining are mostly treated during a colonoscopy. Most will be tested and found to be benign. 1 in 10 people over 60 will have polyps and most are found to be benign, considered to be caused by poor diet.
IBS is often diagnosed after no cause for symptoms can be found. It is often treated by diet and also stress-relieving methods such as Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Diverticular disease causes cramps, diarrhoea and altered bowel habits. It is common in older people and is often controlled by nutritional and dietary changes.
Cohn’s Disease and colitis increases a persons risk to contracting cancer. They may be controlled with good nutrition and diet.
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