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Cancer Of The Bowel Symptoms
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
See below: Often there are no symptoms in early stages. Signs and symptoms include bleeding, change in bowel habits, occult blood in stool, abdominal pain, intestinal obstruction, anemia and if metastases develop, jaundice and abdominal swelling. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rectal-cancer/basics/definition/con-20036554. ...Read more
Varies: Most patients have not symptoms in early stages. Symptoms depends on size and location of the cancer. Symptoms may be: a change in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation or a change in the consistency of stool), rectal bleeding or blood in stool, persistent abdominal discomfort (cramps, gas or pain), a feeling of incomplete bowel emptying, weakness or fatigue, or unexplained weight loss. ...Read more
What are the big warning signs for bowel cancer? And are there and additional symptoms some May experience?
Rectal bleeding: is the most common sign of bowel cancer. Changes in bowel habits - constipation/diarrhea usually aren't. If you are asking this question for yourself and you have no family history of bowel cancer, you are at extremely low risk of bowel cancer at your age. You may want to visit your GP for a checkup. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colon cancer symptom: Typical symptoms/signs from a local colon cancer include bleeding or back stool from bowel, abdominal pain, unexplained iron deficiency anemia, and/or a change in bowel habits. If abdominal distention, and/or nausea and vomiting occur, this may indicate a bowel obstruction or pending obstruction. ...Read more
Could be: Bleeding could be bright red or stools could be black, depending on site of bleeding. Rectal bleeding is abnormal. It should be investigated. At your age, colon cancer is unlikely unless you have ulcerative colitis or familial polyposis, but you should have it checked out, because there are other causes, some of them serious, that can cause rectal bleeding. ...Read more
Varies: Some small bowel cancers, e.g., lymphomas may cause obstruction when the size approaches the lumen diameter; others like neuroendocrine tumors are usually slow growing may cause symptoms only on producing metastases. In general tumors spend about half their life before those become clinically manifest, therefore most cancers are there for years before being detected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
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