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Symptoms of Colon Cancer

The symptoms of colon cancer can begin to present themselves over time.

However, many patients brush off their symptoms as a minor issue without getting checked.

If caught early, your doctors can better manage your colon cancer before it worsens.

Learn more about the most common symptoms you should be looking out for, below.

What Is Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is a cancer that starts in the large intestine.

It is common in older adults although it is possible to present in individuals of all ages.

This particular brand of cancer often begins as a small polyp inside the colon.

Colon Cancer Screening

The best way to catch any polyps in your colon is to undergo regular colonoscopy screenings with a healthcare professional.

The general guidelines for colon screening are to begin at age 50, or earlier if you have a family history of or risk factors for colon cancer.

Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Some of the most common symptoms that may indicate cancer of the colon include the following:

  • A regular change in bowel movement habits (diarrhea, constipation, or consistency changes)

  • Blood in your stool

  • Persistent cramps or gas

  • The feeling that your bowel is not completely emptied during a movement

  • Fatigue

  • Weakness

  • Unintentional weight loss

If you notice any of these symptoms you should consult a doctor as soon as possible.

Risk Factors for Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is more prone to occur in older individuals and is more prevalent in the African American community.

Additional risk factors include a family history of colon cancer, polyps, diabetes, obesity, or a sedentary lifestyle.

Colon Cancer Screening at Northern Virginia Surgical Specialists

If you are age 50 or over and have not yet scheduled your colon cancer screening, or if you are experiencing any symptoms of colon cancer, it is important to call a professional.

At Northern Virginia Surgical Specialists, we offer colon cancer screening services for you, call today 540-347-2805.

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