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Signs & Symptoms

Colorectal cancer has been described as a silent killer. Many people never experience symptoms before they are diagnosed with colorectal cancer. However, advanced polyps may start bleeding or cause you to experience other symptoms. Testing allows for early detection, higher survival rates, and more time with your loved ones. It is important to get screened whether or not you are experiencing symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms

Typical symptoms that could indicate the possibility of colorectal cancer are listed in the table below. However, it is important to know these symptoms may also be caused by a number of health conditions unrelated to cancer, such as: infections, inflammatory syndromes, or other abnormalities of the digestive tract. Symptoms are the same for men and women.

warning sign

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to talk to your doctor.

  • Ongoing changes in bowel movements
  • Narrow or pencil thin stools
  • Bright red or dark blood in toilet or on stool
  • Blood on toilet paper after a bowel movement (Rectal bleeding)
  • Unexplained anemia
  • Weakness/ fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Abdominal fullness, pain, or cramping

No one cares about your health more than you do!

If you have symptoms don’t delay! Talk to your doctor.

For more information about colorectal cancer signs and symptoms, visit the American Cancer Society.