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Understanding the Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Last updated 3 years ago

Certain cancers may not present symptoms until they reach an advanced stage, and even when they do, some people might assume them to be warning signs of another problem. Colon cancer in particular can go unnoticed for a substantial period of time, making it all the more important to seek help as soon as any of the following symptoms occur. For more information on the detection and treatment of colon cancer, contact Largo Medical Center. 

Weight Change

The colon helps to absorb vitamins and nutrients from the foods you eat. When colon cancer develops, though, it can obstruct the normal functions of this organ. As a result, the body may suffer from nutrient and calorie deprivation. This side effect of colon cancer can prompt sudden weight loss. When weight loss occurs without the intention to reduce weight, it can indicate the presence of colon cancer.

Bloody Bowel Movements

Colon cancer may also lead to the bleeding of the tissues in the colon. Because the colon also prepares food products for elimination from the body, it may produce bloody bowel movements. Though sometimes difficult to detect, if you suspect that you have bloody stool, talk to your physician. Suffering from recurrent bouts of hard or watery stool may also warrant a trip to your doctor.

Abdominal Discomfort

Abdominal pain is a common problem, and for many people, it does not indicate colon cancer. Food allergies, celiac disease, and even food poisoning can also lead to stomach cramps and discomfort. Yet if abdominal pain develops in the absence of these problems, it may point to a more serious issue. Especially when changes in diet cannot alleviate persistent stomach cramps or pain, it may be time to speak to a healthcare professional about your condition.

Early detection can often lead to less invasive and more effective cancer treatment. If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms of colon cancer, call Largo Medical Center at (727) 470-6826. Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare for a FREE physician referral. Representatives are available around the clock for our Pinellas County residents and can address your health concerns.


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