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A 40-year-old member asked:

Please describe the very early symptoms of colon cancer?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Maybe none: First signs may be invisible rectal bleeding, changes to bowel function. Early colon cancers will have no symptoms. Colonoscopy is a way to find a colon cancer early.
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Dr. David Brousseau
Diagnostic Radiology 30 years experience
Colon cancer: Blood in the stool, whether or not you can see it, in addition to abdominal pain and bloating, constipation or diarrhoea which persists without explanation for more than a few days. Change in stool caliber is also sometimes noted.
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A 19-year-old male asked:

What are the early symptoms of colon cancer?

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Dr. Douglas Tisdale
37 years experience
Bleeding, wt loss: Most colon cancers are found at screening endoscopy when they are not causing symptoms. When there are symptoms, those of anemia (short of breath, pale, tired) are common because the tumor bleeds. Colon cancer can also cause bowel obstruction with severe colicky pain, or loss of appetite and weight.
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A 23-year-old male asked:

What are some of the symptoms of colon cancer (early and late staged)?

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Dr. James Lin
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Urology 53 years experience
Here are some...: Every life event including colon cancer not only is a process of lifelong making, but displays on its pattern of full spectrum. Likewise, for colon cancer, at its early stage, no symptom but incidental finding found on routine colonoscopy; at its late stage, gross colon bleeding or bowel obstruction may evidence; at its middle path, symptoms are in between. More? Ask doc timely.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Help please! is anemia an early or advanced symptom of colon cancer?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 47 years experience
Medium sign: When colon cancer starts to bleed, it shows up as occult blood in stool. As it bleed more, the stool color will turn black or red. Then, when your bone marrow, which makes blood cells, cannot keep up with the blood loss, you get signs of anemia. Then as cancer advances, you can get obstruction or perforation., or even spread to liver or other organs. Important to catch earlier than anemia.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

I've been experiencing symptoms of colon cancer. What should I do?

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Dr. John Minoli
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Gastroenterologist: I would immediately consult with a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon. You may need simple blood tests and perhaps a colonoscopy to determine what is going on along the internal lining of your entire colon before determining whether or not you have an actual lesion. Other imaging studies may be performed as well.
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