Colon cancer is on the rise, and it is important that you detect it early, because if detected late, chances of survival become much slimmer. However, many of the symptoms of colon cancer can seem random or unrelated, so people may not pay much attention to them. If you have any of the following symptoms, do consult with a medical doctor as soon as you can:
1. Shortness of breath
Shortness of breath can be caused by many different things, but one of those things is internal bleeding. Colon cancer does cause slow internal bleeding, so be cautious if you notice that you aren’t able to take full breaths easily. When your body is dealing with slow internal bleeding, it will respond by depositing more plasma in your blood, which keeps you from losing blood in large volumes. However, this decreases your blood’s ability to transport oxygen, which is where you will start noticing that you are short of breath.
In addition to shortness of breath, anemia is another major flag that you have internal bleeding going on. This is particularly suspect in men, as they do not menstruate like women do. With colon cancer, internal bleeding can be happening for up to 6 months before you start noticing more serious symptoms. So if you are diagnosed with anemia, pay attention and take it seriously. The most common signs of anemia are fatigue and dizziness.
3. Skinny poop and chronic diarrhea
If your stool changes shape and is suddenly narrow and thin, take note. This could be a sign that there is some kind of restriction going on. This could be from polyps, or other growths. If you are also suffering from recurring diarrhea, this could also be a sign of colon cancer.
4. Chronic constipation
Most of us have struggled with constipation once in awhile. But if your constipation becomes chronic, you might want to pay attention. Constipation that is persistent suggests that there is some kind of obstruction in the way. So call your doctor if you have been experiencing constipation that won’t go away.
By themselves, these symptoms do not usually cause any concern, and could be related to any number of less grim health issues. However, if you are experiencing several of these symptoms at once and they are not resolving on their own, it may be time to call your doctor.