Warning Signs of Rectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer, which is the common heading for both colon and rectal cancers, is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States (outside of skin cancer), with nearly 150,000 cases expected for 2019. While our goal here isn’t to scare you unnecessarily, the fact is that with any cancer, the earlier it’s detected, the better your chances are of beating the disease.

At our practice in Pasadena, California, we specialize in colorectal cancer, and Dr. Gabriel Akopian and our team believe that education is paramount when it comes to fighting cancer. And colorectal cancers can be aggressive, which means early intervention is key in a successful outcome.

To that end, we’ve pulled together the most common warning signs that you should watch out for when it comes to colorectal cancer. We want to note that there are many conditions that can lead to some of the following symptoms, such as irritable bowel syndrome or even hemorrhoids. But armed with this information, you can take proactive steps to get the proper treatment for whatever the problem may be.

1. Changes in bowel movements

If you find that your bowel movements are altered, such as increasing constipation, diarrhea, or narrower stools, and this change persists for more than a few days, it’s a sign that something larger than what you last ate may be at play.

2. The urge to go

If you feel like you need to pass stool, but find no relief from that feeling after you do, it may indicate an obstruction that’s creating this urge.

3. Blood in your stool

If you notice blood in your stool, this is a red flag that you should never ignore. While there are many conditions that can lead to bloody stools, including benign hemorrhoids, blood is a clear indicator that something is amiss.

While blood in your stool is a red flag, any rectal bleeding should make you sit up and take notice. You may notice brighter red blood stains on your toilet paper or darker stools that contain blood. In either case, it’s worth having us take a look.

4. Pain and cramping

If you feel pain or cramping in your abdomen, whether or not you’re trying to pass stool, and the pain persists, this is a warning sign that needs to be checked out.

5. Weight loss

If you find yourself losing weight without trying to do so, this may point toward a problem within your colorectal system.

6. Fatigue

Cancer of any kind is a systemic disease, which can have a widespread impact on your health. One of the symptoms of many cancers across the board is a loss of energy and a feeling of general fatigue.

If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, we urge you to make an appointment with us at your earliest convenience. Whether or not your symptoms are signs of colorectal cancer, at the very least you get peace of mind and the proper treatment for whatever ails you.

Simply call us at (626) 788-4095 to get started.

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