In the early stage, colon cancer often not presents any signs or symptoms. Colon cancer symptoms usually appear after the polyps develop into tumors.
Therefore, regular screening, especially after the age of 50, is important to detect colon cancer early, before symptoms begin to appear and get treated for it.
Common signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:
- Changes in your bowel habits, such as bowel movements that either more or less often than usual
- Constipation (difficult bowel movements or bowel pressure)
- Blood in the stool
- Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain
- Weakness or fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
If you experience symptoms of colon cancer, such as change in bowel habits or blood in your stool, see your doctor immediately to discuss your concerns and arrange for tests to get to the bottom of your symptoms.