Colon cancer is now the third most common form of cancer among both men and women in the US. This type of cancer forms in the large intestine (the colon), which is the final part of the digestive tract. It is most common in older adults but can happen at to anyone at any age.
Some risk factors besides age include, family history of colon cancer, African American race, colon polyps or long-standing history of ulcerative colitis.
If you fall under any of the above categories (or just want to know more), we’ve compiled a list of 5 symptoms to watch out for.
- Changes in bowel habits such as constipation or diarrhea and narrow stools that last more than just a few days may be a reason to consult your physician.
- Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool.
- The feeling that you need to have a bowel movement but don’t feel relieve after going to the bathroom.
- Cramping or pain in the belly that persists.
- Unintended weight loss.
These symptoms can also be associated with other conditions, so it’s important that you talk to your physician and get examined if you experience any of the above.
If caught early, colon cancer can be treated but often, this type of cancer doesn’t cause any symptoms until it’s at an advanced stage. In order to detect colon cancer, doctors recommend that anyone at higher risk get a colon cancer screening.
If you or a loved one is over the age of 50 or has any higher risk factors including family history, you may be eligible for a free colon cancer screening at our Morrow location.
To find out more, contact us today at infiniteclinicaltrials.com or by calling (678) 430-3232.