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    Colorectal Cancer - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your doctor if you have any symptoms of colorectal cancer, such as:

    • A change in bowel habits.
    • Bleeding 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).
    • Belly pain or problems with gas or bloating.
    • Unexplained weight loss.
    • Constant tiredness (fatigue).

    Because colorectal cancer often doesn't cause any symptoms, talk with your doctor about screening tests. Screening helps doctors find a certain disease or condition before any symptoms appear.

    Recommended Related to Colorectal Cancer

    Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines

    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.

    Read the Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines article > >

    Who to see

    Health professionals who can evaluate your symptoms of colorectal cancer include:

    If your doctor thinks you may have colorectal cancer, he or she may advise you to see a general surgeon or a colorectal surgeon. Colorectal cancer is treated by surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists.

    To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    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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