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What are symptoms of colon and rectal cancer?

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Both colon and rectal cancer are likely to cause many of the same symptoms, including:

  • Stomach or gas pains
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Black, dark, or red colored stools, which can all indicate blood
  • Feeling weak or tired

SOURCES:

Virginia Mason Medical Center: “Colon Cancer FAQ.”

Lee, Y-C. , Nov. 12, 2013. PLoS ONE

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance: “Colon Cancer vs. Rectal Cancer: What is the Difference?”

National Cancer Institute: “Anatomy of Colon and Rectum.”

UpToDate: "Patient information: Colon and rectal cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Colonoscopy (Beyond the Basics)."

American Cancer Society: “What are the survival rates for colorectal cancer, by stage?”

National Cancer Institute: “What You Need To Know About Cancer of the Colon and Rectum.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Virginia Mason Medical Center: “Colon Cancer FAQ.”

Lee, Y-C. , Nov. 12, 2013. PLoS ONE

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance: “Colon Cancer vs. Rectal Cancer: What is the Difference?”

National Cancer Institute: “Anatomy of Colon and Rectum.”

UpToDate: "Patient information: Colon and rectal cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Colonoscopy (Beyond the Basics)."

American Cancer Society: “What are the survival rates for colorectal cancer, by stage?”

National Cancer Institute: “What You Need To Know About Cancer of the Colon and Rectum.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

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