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What are the usual signs of colon cancer?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Colon cancer sometimes presents with symptoms, but often has no symptoms until later. This is why getting regular screening colonoscopies is recommended.
If symptoms are present they can include blood in the stool, weight loss, change in caliber of the stool. Abdominal pain is less common. Since this cancer grows from a small polyp into cancer slowly, be proactive & get regular colonoscopies!

In brief: Depends

Colon cancer sometimes presents with symptoms, but often has no symptoms until later. This is why getting regular screening colonoscopies is recommended.
If symptoms are present they can include blood in the stool, weight loss, change in caliber of the stool. Abdominal pain is less common. Since this cancer grows from a small polyp into cancer slowly, be proactive & get regular colonoscopies!
Dr. Christopher Dowd
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sometimes none

Colon cancer often presents with no symptoms or just microscopic bleeding which is why screening with colonoscopy is so important.
Symptoms to see a doctor for include rectal bleeding, unplanned weight loss, change in bowel habits, dark or tarry stools, etc. If you are over 50 and haven't had a colonoscopy discuss it with your doctor, same if you have a family history or high risk and are younger.

In brief: Sometimes none

Colon cancer often presents with no symptoms or just microscopic bleeding which is why screening with colonoscopy is so important.
Symptoms to see a doctor for include rectal bleeding, unplanned weight loss, change in bowel habits, dark or tarry stools, etc. If you are over 50 and haven't had a colonoscopy discuss it with your doctor, same if you have a family history or high risk and are younger.
Dr. Michael Klein
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Varies

In early stages there may be none.
This is why colon cancer screening is so important (e.g. Colonoscopies every 10 years starting age 50, earlier if family history or inflammatory bowel disease or concerns otherwise). It is easy to cure in early stages. Symptoms of later disease can be a change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, blood in stool, black tarry bowel movement.

In brief: Varies

In early stages there may be none.
This is why colon cancer screening is so important (e.g. Colonoscopies every 10 years starting age 50, earlier if family history or inflammatory bowel disease or concerns otherwise). It is easy to cure in early stages. Symptoms of later disease can be a change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, blood in stool, black tarry bowel movement.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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