Colon cancer is a serious – potentially fatal – condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to ensure the best outcome. Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of colon cancer can be difficult for patients to self-diagnose. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the most common signs and symptoms that may indicate colon cancer, and when it’s time to make an appointment with a GI doctor.
Cramping, pain, or discomfort in the abdominal region that lasts for a long time, or recurs over days or weeks is a potential sign of colon cancer. However, abdominal pain is a potential symptom of many different conditions so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis from a GI specialist.
Bowel Movement Changes
Another sign that may indicate a diagnosis of colon cancer is changes in bowel movements. This can include: blood in the stool, constipation, changes in the consistency of stool, and changes in bowel habits.
Unexpected or unintended weight loss is another potential symptom of colon cancer. If you find that you’re losing an excessive amount of weight without changing your diet or exercise habits, it may be time to make an appointment with your doctor.
Weakness & Fatigue
Feeling generally weak or fatigued may also be an indication of colon cancer. Again, this is a broad symptom that may indicate a wide variety of conditions. Consult with your physician to get an accurate diagnosis before moving forward to treatment.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it’s time to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to fully diagnose your condition. The best way to prevent and diagnose colon cancer is a colonoscopy. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is one of the most skilled and experienced GI doctors in the state of Minnesota – with more than 40,000 advanced gastrointestinal procedures under his belt over twenty years in practice. Contact us today at Bhatti GI clinics to set up your appointment at one of our Minnesota clinic locations (in Edina and Chaska).