A quick question before we talk about the 3 unusual signs of colon cancer that people accidentally ignore for years – did you know that colon cancers are the 3rd most prevalent cancer in the United States? That’s shocking, right? Ladies and gentlemen, in 2016 alone, almost 140,000 people are diagnosed with either colon or rectal cancer. It’s because symptoms of colorectal cancer are very subtle and easily overlooked.
3 ABNORMAL Signs of Colorectal Cancer:
- Weight Loss
This means one thing – if you experience an immediate and dramatic decrease in weight, see a doctor (immediately). This sudden weight loss can be caused by a variety of cancers and one of them is colon cancer. How this works – well, the cancer cells use up a lot of the body’s energy and the immune system also works hard to prevent the disease from spreading. With colon cancer, a large tumor can block the colon that can affect your bowel movements and cause severe weight loss.
- IBM (Irregular Bowel Movements)
Ladies and gentlemen, the timing, consistency and appearance of your bowel movements can indicate various problems with your health, including the presence of colorectal cancer. Colon polyps are small bunches of cells that can become cancerous over time. Polyps can affect the way your large intestine functions and this will be reflected in the changes found in your stool. Loose, watery stools, diarrhea or constipation can all be symptoms of colorectal cancer.
- Bloody Stool
In my personal opinion, the good thing about this symptom is that many people would be alarmed by the sight of blood in their stool and they would see a doctor immediately. But, unfortunately, some people may be too embarrassed or uncomfortable to bring it up with friends, family or their doctor. This is a common symptom of both colon and rectal cancer. This means one thing – if you notice bright, red blood on the toilet paper after wiping, or reddish/pink water in the toilet then it may be a sign of rectal bleeding.
How to lower the risk of colon cancer?! Let’s find out:
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and grains. Ladies and gentlemen, diets loaded with vegetables, fruits and whole grains have been linked to a decreased risk of colon cancer.
- Workout – go to the gym or run every day, or at least 4 times a week.
- Stop smoking, because smoking has been associated with an increased risk of developing a colon cancer.
- Don’t drink alcohol. You probably already know that alcohol is bad for you and this bad habit has been linked to the development of colon cancer.