Call your doctor if you have any
colorectal cancer, such as:
A change in bowel habits.
from your rectum, including bright red or dark blood in your stools or stools
that look black.
Constant or frequent diarrhea, constipation, or a
feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely.
Stools that are
narrow (may be as narrow as a pencil).
Abdominal (belly) pain or problems
with gas or bloating.
Unexplained weight loss.
Because colorectal cancer often does not cause any
symptoms, talk with your doctor about
screening tests. Screening helps doctors find a
certain disease or condition before any symptoms appear. Some screening tests
for colorectal cancer can find and remove small precancerous growths in the
colon and rectum called
adenomatous polyps. If these are found and removed
early, they cannot turn into cancer.
Getting regular checkups and colon cancer screening is the best way to prevent colorectal cancer. Finding and removing colon polyps helps prevent colon cancer. In addition, colon cancer screening helps find cancer early, making a cure more likely.
Watchful waiting refers to a period of time in
which your doctor is checking you regularly but not treating you. It is also
called observation or surveillance. Watchful waiting is not a reasonable option
when you have symptoms of colorectal cancer.
Who To See
Health professionals who can evaluate your symptoms of
colorectal cancer include: