Bowel cancer is a general term that refers to any form of cancer that begins in the large bowel. It is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.The symptoms of bowel cancer can be subtle and difficult to diagnose. In fact, in its early stages, it is not uncommon for sufferers of the disease to feel and appear normal. Nonetheless, if you are experiencing discomfort, it is worth trying a few simple treatments for a short time to see if your symptoms improve.
With that in mind, here are 5 serious bowel cancer symptoms pointed out by Andrew Weiis from Guts 4 Life that people should be aware of and seek medical consultation for if the condition persists or worsens. Over 90 percent of people with bowel cancer have one of the following combinations of symptoms:
A recent, persistent change in bowel habits–This could result in going more or less often (depending on the location and/or size of the tumor), constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain or discomfort.
Changes in stool consistency:This could result in malformed, loose, and/or narrow stool.
Blood in the stool without hemorrhoidal symptoms:A person might experience bloody stool if they suffer from hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids can result from several factors including pregnancy, obesity, chronic constipation, and stress-induced elimination. However, if none of these issues are present and/or bloody stool is present and persistent, you should consult your doctor immediately.
Abdominal distress: This could include distension, pain, discomfort, or bloating. It is usually brought on or exacerbated by eating. It often results in reduced food intake and weight loss.
Excessive flatulence:If someone is suffering from excessive amounts of gas, this can be indicative of a more serious issue.
It is important to note that most people with these symptoms do not, in fact, have bowel cancer. While bowel cancer symptoms are quite common, and in many cases, not serious or life-threatening, anyone who experiences any of these symptoms over an extended period (a month or longer) should visit their physician as soon as possible.