What is Colon Cancer?
Colon cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Ninety to 95 percent of all colorectal cancers begins as cells that produce mucus or other fluids. These tumors generally start as adenomas, otherwise known as ‘polyps’ which are small benign (non-cancerous) growths.
Colorectal Cancer Symptoms
There usually aren’t any symptoms associated with the early stages of colon cancer.
Common symptoms include:
- Weight loss without changed your diet or exercise schedule
- Chronic fatigue
- A change in bathroom habits
- Blood in the stool. It can appear bright red, black or tar-like
- A feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
- Abdominal discomfort such as gas pain, bloating, fullness, cramping
Early stage colon or rectal cancer rarely carry telltale symptoms which makes proactive screening, depending on lifestyle, family history and age very important. It’s intuitive to schedule an appointment with the doctor when something is causing you pain or seems abnormal. If you perceive the screening procedure as “less than appealing,” you may also choose to put it off. Centerpoint Medical Center offers a free online risk assessment to help you quickly determine your personal risk for developing colon cancer as well as many screening options to fit your personal needs.
Colon Cancer Treatment
Having your backside doesn’t stop at colon cancer screening. The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Centerpoint Medical Center offers comprehensive colorectal cancer care. A dedicated multidisciplinary team of physicians work together to ensure every patient has a care plan built specifically for them with the quickest time to treatment possible.