Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the USA. It is often called the ‘silent killer’ because it’s signs and symptoms are not obvious. Because of this a diagnosis can happen too late for any treatment to be effective.
Nonetheless, there 6 signs and symptoms you MUST watch out for. Plus 4 ways to reduce your risk of getting colon cancer, but more on that at the end of this video.
1. Stomach Cramps
If muscle spasm keeps on coming back, it can be an indication that cancer cells are beginning to build up in your colon.
2. Weakness & Fatigue
Cancer cells can use up a lot of your body energy. If you think you eat well, are fit and yet you still constantly feel tired, speak to your healthcare professional.
3. Blood in Stool
There can be many causes for bleeding in the rectum but to be safe get it checked by a doctor.
4. Sudden Weight Loss
An important sign you need to be aware of. If you notice an abrupt change in your weight, consult a doctor right away.
5. Irregular Bowel Movements
You should pay attention to your bowel movements. Any changes in bowel habits like constipation, diarrhea, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days should be investigated further.
6. Unsatisfactory Bowel Movements
If you feel like you need to have a bowel motion but that feeling doesn’t go away after having one, this could be a sign of something more serious.
4 Ways to Minimize The Chances Of Getting Colon Cancer
- Exercise regularly and be physically fit
- Eat high fibre fruits and vegetables frequently to clean out the digestive system
- Avoid cigarettes and alcohol
- Get regularly screened for colon cancer if you are over 50