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Do I Have Colon Cancer?

Have you been asking yourself the question “do I have colon cancer?”

With about one person in 23 susceptible to developing colon cancer, this is a serious and prevalent disease that can be fatal if disregarded.

Below are some of the early symptoms of colon cancer for you to keep in mind.

Warning Signs of Colon Cancer

While there are no clearly defined symptoms of cancer in the colon, there are a handful of warning signs which might indicate a larger issue.

These warning signs include the following:

  • Changes in your bowel movements

  • Bloody stool (bright red or tar-colored)

  • Unintended weight loss

  • Narrow stools

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • The feeling that the bowel has not emptied entirely

  • Abdominal discomfort (gas pain, bloating, cramping etc.)

  • Persistent fatigue

  • Newly diagnosed anemia

Colon Cancer Risk Factors

Certain lifestyle factors including obesity, smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, or a stagnant lifestyle can make you more susceptible to developing colon cancer.

Additionally, if you have a personal or a family history of colon or rectal cancer, chronic inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or adenomatous polyps you should disclose this with your physician.

Also remember to disclose any additional warning signs discussed above to your doctor.

Do I Have Colon Cancer?

The best way to know if you have colon cancer is to schedule regular screening sessions with your physician.

At Northern Virginia Surgical Specialists, we are a team of board certified surgeons with extensive experience working with colon cancer patients.

To learn more about our team of surgeons, or to see our extensive list of services, please visit our website today.

If you are experiencing any of the warning signs for colon cancer and would like to schedule a consultation, please call Northern Virginia Surgical Specialists today.

A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and to discuss your options.

Call us today at 540-347-2805.

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