Colon cancer is the most common forms of cancer found in Americans. This happens majorly because unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Colon is responsible for proper digestion and is a part of digestive system. Also some kind of genetic dysfunctions and also physical abnormalities can be the cause of colorectal cancer. Colon cancer starts with small lumps of cells called the Adenomatous Polyps. These cells if untreated convert to tumor within the colon.
There are few warning signs that indicate you are suffering from colorectal cancer. Certain tests and biopsy is done by your doctor to diagnose the disease. If the tests come out to be positive, then you are referred to colon cancer specialist.
Here are some of the symptoms that we are talking about –
- Pain in abdomen
- Blood stool
- Bowel irritation
- Weight loss
- Vomiting and Nausea
Pain in abdomen
Every person on this earth suffers with abdominal pain. There is nothing unusual about it. Either you eat wrong, gastric, or menstrual cycle, each has related abdominal pain. However, when your pain is unusual, stays for long or comes in interval then you should consult to your doctor right away.
When you suffer from piles, hemorrhoids or colon cancer, your stool will turn dark black or bright red. Your bowel would be clear with severe pain in abdomen. Leave it to your doctor to decide, what you’re suffering with. They will do some tests including colonoscopy to check for tumor.
Bowel irritation like constipation or diarrhea is common. When you eat unhealthy or stale food it is likely that you suffer from these problems. The concern is when this problem continues for a long period of time even after medication. Also when you see slight changes in your stool, either they are pencil thin or changed in color for a week you should contact your doctor. It doesn’t means that you definitely have cancer, but you might be suffering from serious infection that needs to be treated immediately.
When you lose weight you feel good and happy. However, losing weight with proper diet is better than losing weight due to some illness. If you suffer with cancer you will have diarrhea and abdominal pain which will stop you from eating. This can result to excessive weight loss which will reduce you immunity and nutrients in body.
When there is bleeding in stool then you lose a certain number of RBCs in the body. Although body manages to cover up that loss, but with abdominal pain and serious diarrhea your body becomes weak. This reduces the production of RBCs leading to Anemia. It can cause fatigue, iron deficiency and loss of immunity.
Vomiting and Nausea
Vomiting can happen when you are sick or any unpleasant virus is troubling you. However, when vomiting is accompanied with stomach pain, bowel irritation then consulting a doctor isn’t bad. Sometimes colon tumor blocks the passage preventing gas, liquid, solid to pass through.
We don’t say that all these symptoms would definitely contribute to colon cancer. However, even if you have severe infection that too needs to be treated before it affects all your organs.