What Are the Early Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer?

Q:
What are the early symptoms of colorectal cancer?

A:
Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, refers to the cancer develops in the large intestine. Colorectal cancer often develops from small clumps (adenomatous polyps) in the large intestine. These clumps may be noncancerous at first, but they may cause colorectal cancer over time.

A significant early symptom of colorectal is blood in the stool. Sometimes, tumors bleed in very small amounts, and you may not notice the blood in your stool. However, a medical stool test can find the blood.

Over time, you may have some other symptoms, including:

  • A change in bowel movements, such as diarrhea, constipation or a change in the thickness of the stool.
  • Persistent pain, cramps or gas in the abdomen.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Fatigue.

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