Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer and Colorectal Screening

Colorectal cancer can be scary, but once caught early, it can be treated. So, it’s important to know the warning signs of this cancer and take action as early as you can. There are three main symptoms of colorectal cancer:

  1. Blood in stool

If there is no reason why you should have blood in your stool, such as through tearing and inflammation, this should be one sign you should look out for always. Changes in the frequency of your bowel movement should not go unnoticed. Check to see the consistency and color of your stool and observe any changes. Report to your doctor, if there is a pain when passing stool. Check if this is constipation related or not.

  1. Abdominal pain, bloating or discomfort

Pain in your lower abdomen is a cause for concern. Check with your doctor about this. There can be many causes of this pain. Bowel cancer may be one of them. Early diagnosis is essential as the chances of survival are high, especially if detected early.

  1. Change in bowel movement

The frequency at which you pass out stool is essential for various reasons. Bowel health is one. Also, the expelling of waste from the body is necessary to stop debris from being absorbed from your stool. Also, check on the color and shape of the stool, varying from loose particles to hard lumpy stool.

The screening process

There are two different types of tests:

  • Fecal Occult Blood Test- home test kits are available for this type of testing. People ages 60- 75 are advised to take this test twice every year.
  • Bowel Scope Screening- this is a relatively new test, and it involves inserting a thin, flexible tool into your bowels that detects polyps, which eventually become cancer. People aged 55 and above are recommended to take this test. However, the test is still new and has only started being performed recently.

The age of screening should be lowered to allow more people to take the tests.

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