Know the Signs of Colorectal Cancer

Know the Signs of Colorectal Cancer
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One of the most dangerous cancer is the colorectal cancer, the importance of knowing the symptoms is a must since most of the times, it found in the latter stage of the disease. Of course, by that time, it would be harder to cure the disease, treating the symptom is just part of the treatment plan. It is said that the normal length of time when symptoms show from onset to actual diagnosis is 14 weeks. Symptoms are often unclear and bear no bearing on the extent of the tumor.

Like any form, of cancer does not feel painful or present any symptoms. Lack of symptoms does not mean that the cancer can no longer be found and will not spread anymore. One common symptom throughout the early stages may be due to the cancerous cells that erode blood vessels and nerve cells, which causes a painful sensation. The pain may rise while the tumor grows.

Oftentimes colorectal cancer presents with symptoms which has a connection with the location of the tumor. Development of signs and symptoms also mean that colorectal cancer has extended to other parts of the body, a process also known as metastasis.

The symptoms may be widespread or localized usually at the place of the tumor. The most foul location that the tumor can be also seen in the anus. Such a situation may result in changes, in bowel movements. Frequent constipation or diarrhea may affect the stool, as well. Stools may pass as narrow width, or thin ribbons. Later on, there is a feeling of unfinished emptying. This is because the mass of the tumor growth in the intestine, which creates a “full” feeling.

Aside from what is already said in this article, bleeding from the rectum may also result, which is going to give rise to bloody stools. Bleeding in the stools may either represent as black stools or tarry stools. Black stools would mean that the cancer is near the upper part of the colon. The black material in the stools is blood which has experienced digestion in the esophagus, the stomach, the small intestine and in the colon. However, not all black stools are because of colorectal cancer. Black stools may also be the result of peptic ulcer. This is why, it is best to check with doctor about the symptoms.

The stool is bright red when the cancer is in the lower colon or rectum. This is because the cancer infects blood vessels and undermines them, which leads to bleeding.