Do you know the symptoms?
WHICH CANCER CAN CAUSE WEIGHT LOSS, TIREDNESS OR CHANGES IN BOWEL MOVEMENT?
BLOOD IN YOUR STOOL IS A WARNING SIGN FOR WHICH CANCER?
Knowing the signs of colorectal cancer makes an early diagnosis possible, and a better outcome more likely.
The main symptoms of colorectal cancer are:
A CHANGE IN BOWEL HABITS THAT LASTS FOR MORE THAN A FEW DAYS (DIARRHOEA, CONSTIPATION OR A FEELING THAT THE BOWEL HAS NOT EMPTIED COMPLETELY)
STOOLS THAT ARE NARROWER THAN USUAL
BLOOD (EITHER BRIGHT RED OR VERY DARK) IN THE STOOL
RECTAL BLEEDING WITH BRIGHT RED BLOOD
FREQUENT GAS PAINS, BLOATING, FULLNESS, ABDOMINAL CRAMPS
WEIGHT LOSS FOR NO KNOWN REASON
FEELING VERY TIRED (WEAKNESS AND FATIGUE)
LESS FREQUENT BUT IMPORTANT TO HAVE CHECKED - LOWER BACK PAIN
People with colorectal cancer may experience one, some, all or none of the symptoms listed above.
It is important to remember that none of these symptoms confirm colorectal cancer by themselves. So if you do experience these symptoms, don’t panic… but do talk to your doctor.