It’s important to remember that colon cancer symptoms vary from patient to patient based on the location, size and stage of the tumor, as well as whether or not the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Furthermore, the presence of one or more colon cancer symptoms does not necessarily mean that cancer is present. Some common colon cancer symptoms can also be a sign of other conditions, so it is important for those with symptoms to consult with an experienced medical professional as soon as possible.
What are the symptoms of colon cancer?
The most common symptoms of colon cancer affect an individual’s bowel movements and can include:
- Persistent diarrhea
- Chronic constipation
- Blood on the surface of the rectum
- Blood in the stool
- Passing thin, ribbon-like stools
- The persistent urge to have a bowel movement
- The inability to completely empty the bowels
- Cramping or bloating in the abdomen
- Unexplained weight loss or fatigue
What should I do if I have colon cancer symptoms?
If you have one or more of the colon cancer symptoms mentioned above, promptly schedule an appointment with a physician who can assess your symptoms and provide you with an accurate diagnosis. For these services, many individuals across the country choose to come to Moffitt Cancer Center. In a single, convenient location, Moffitt offers a full spectrum of diagnostic services to patients with colon cancer. If a diagnostic test does confirm the presence of colon cancer, you will have access to a multispecialty team that focuses exclusively on colon cancer and other gastrointestinal malignancies, as well as a wide range of helpful supportive care specialists.