Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in the United States. However, with regular screenings, the cancer can be caught early and treated.
Colorectal Cancer Symptoms
Symptoms of colorectal cancer may include:
- blood in the stool
- change in bowel habits
- stools that are narrower than usual
- stomach discomfort (bloating, fullness or cramps)
- gas pains
- unexplained weight gain
- rectal bleeding
- lethargy (feeling of tiredness)
If you experience these symptoms for more than two weeks, you should see your doctor. However, early-stage colorectal cancer often has no symptoms at all, which makes it even more important to schedule regular screenings.
If you are 50, or have a family history, you should be screened for colorectal cancer
The risk of colorectal cancer increases with age, so if you are 50 years or older, it is a good idea to get screened. In addition, people who meet the following criteria should get screened even earlier:
- personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease
- personal or family history of colorectal cancer, polyps or cancer of the ovaries, endometriosis or breast
Screenings include some simple tests that may be uncomfortable, but are not painful.
Contact St. Anthony's Cancer Care Center to schedule your colorectal screening today.