A change in bowel habits
Changing bowel habits include diarrhea, constipation, narrowing of the stools, and/or feeling like your bowels are not completely empty, even after having a bowel movement.
Persistent abdominal discomfort
Abdominal discomfort can cause feelings such as pain, nausea, cramping, bloating, and/or feeling unusually full, even when you haven’t eaten much.
You might notice bright red blood.
Weakness and/or fatigue
Weakness and/or fatigue may be a sign of colorectal cancer and may be accompanied by anemia or a low red blood cell count.
Unexplained weight loss
You should always seek medical attention if you are losing weight for no known reason.
Talking to your doctor
If you are having symptoms, you need to see your doctor as soon as possible. Learn how to make this conversation a little easier.
Understand your risk factors
Are you at high risk for colon cancer? Knowing if you have a family history of cancer or inherited a gene mutation can significantly increase your lifetime risk.
Screening is essential.Take the screening quiz
Initiative aims to reduce stigma and educate about screening choices, as the Colorectal Cancer Alliance launches a health equity fund to decrease disparities.
On the horizon are blood tests that have shown the ability to detect a variety of cancers including colorectal and rare cancers. Though these tests are still in development and are not yet approved by the FDA, clinical trials have shown impressive results.
In February of 2022, John and Mary experienced the unimaginable. Their 36-year-old son, Jonathan, died of stage IV colon cancer. Though Jonathan had been dealing with ulcerative colitis from the time he was twelve, no one would have predicted this outcome twenty-four years later.