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    Colorectal Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent - Symptoms

    The most common symptoms are:

    • A change in bowel habits, such as narrow stools or frequent diarrhea or constipation.
    • Blood in the stool, or stools that look like black tar.
    • Loss of appetite.
    • Pain in the belly, especially gas pains, cramps, or a feeling of fullness.
    • Unexplained weight loss.
    • Constant tiredness (fatigue).

    Some people don't have any symptoms for some time.

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    Understanding Colorectal Cancer -- Prevention

    To help prevent colorectal cancer, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables; cut back on red meat and other high-fat foods, such as eggs and many dairy products. You can get the protein you need from low-fat dairy products (also a good source of calcium), nuts, beans, lentils, and soybean products. Calciumsupplements have also been shown in some trials to modestly reduce the risk of colon cancer. Avoid overcooking or barbecuing meats and fish. Eat a diet rich in cereal fiber or bran and yellow and...

    Read the Understanding Colorectal Cancer -- Prevention article > >

    If your cancer has spread, you may have other symptoms, depending on where the cancer is.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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