Reportedly in 2016, more than 130,000 people were diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer. Despite the fact that cases of colorectal cancer are common, but majority of the people wait until it becomes too late to get appropriate treatment. The main reasons are that the basic symptoms of colorectal cancer are ignored and very easily overlooked. This article is going to highlight some common symptoms, which you overlook. This understanding will help you and your dear ones to reduce the risk of colon/colorectal cancer and all you should do to reduce your vulnerability of developing colon/colorectal cancer.
Abdominal cramps are one of the most overlooked symptoms of colorectal cancer mainly because they are a symptom of so many other, non-cancerous conditions. This doesn’t mean that you should freak out if you are feeling stomach pain. However, if you are experiencing continuous intense and long-lasting stomach or abdominal cramps that don’t seem to be going away, along with other symptoms of colorectal cancer, you must visit your doctor for detail checkup.
Fatigue is another symptom that is commonly overlooked as most of us consider it less serious than it should be. Most the people believe that fatigue without any reason is due to not having sound and enough sleep. However, if you feel constant fatigue, despite having sufficient amounts of sleep and eating a well balanced diet then do not ignored. Actually cancer cells causes fatigue as they use up the body’s energy. In addition to fatigue, colon cancer also leads to blood loss.
Unexplained Weight Loss
Sudden, immediate and dramatic decrease in weight can be a cause of any type of cancer including colon cancers. If you loss weight by 5% or more without any serious effort in six month than you consult your physician for detail checkup. The example of unexplained weight loss, is if your weighs is 150 pounds and unintentionally you loss 7 and 1/2 pounds within six months than it will be generally called as “unexplained weight loss”. In most cases unexplained weight loos is due to the fact that cancer cells use up a lot of the body’s energy, that makes the immune system weak to prevent the disease from spreading.
Irregular Bowel Movements
With colon cancer, it is also possible that a large tumor can block the colon, which can affect one’s bowel movements and cause severe weight loss. In this society in which we are living, generally people do not pay enough attention to their bowel movements. The timing, consistency, and appearance of these movements can indicate various problems with your health, including the presence of colorectal cancer. Actually colon polyps, small bunches of cells that can become cancerous over time, begin to affect bowel movements which further leads to tumors. These tumors can affect the functioning of your large intestine and this affect of functioning will be reflected by development of some change in your stool. Loose, watery stools, diarrhea or constipation can all be indicative of colorectal cancer, as long as they are not caused by any other situation or reason.
Blood in Stool
Bloody stool and bleeding from the rectum is a common symptom of both colon and rectal cancer. If you notice bright, red blood on the toilet paper after wiping, or reddish/pink water in the toilet then it may be a sign of rectal bleeding. As mentioned above, most people do not paying enough attention to their bowel movements. Although many people become conscious, if they see blood in their stool, but they feel very embarrassed or uncomfortable to bring it in the notice of their friends, family and even their doctor. Another reason to ignore blood in stool is that sometime the blood in the stool may even be too dark to be seen unless examined thoroughly in laboratory.
Lower Your Risk To Colorectal Cancer By
There are many different measures and lifestyle changes by which you can help you to lower the chances of developing colorectal cancer. Some of them are :-
Eat fruits, veggies, and grains. Use of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains in diets will decrease your risk of colon cancer. Avoid red and processed meat which has the tendency to increase the risk of colon cancer.
Exercise regularly. Maintain active physically, this will decrease the risk of developing colon cancer, while on other hand physical inactivity will increase risk of colon cancer to you.
Don’t smoke. Smoking is closely associated with an increased risk of developing variety of cancers out of which one is the colon cancer. If you are smoker, than quit smoking as early as possible.
Manage your weight. If you are overweight or obese than you are vulnerable to the risk of developing colon cancer. Moreover overweight or obesity increases your chances of dying from colon cancer. Basic reason for this is that the immune body system of fat and overweight person is very weak to fight off cancers.
Avoid or Limit alcohol. Excessive drinking is closely link to develop colon cancer. The American Cancer Society suggests to limit intake of so as to avoid the colon cancer.