Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is this March, and it is crucial that more people are aware of this insidious disease that is now the third most common cancer in the United States. Colorectal cancer is often asymptomatic, and doctors recommend regular screenings starting at the 45 to everyone. However, if you or a loved one is suffering from one of these warning signs, you may need to speak with a medical professional today.
Continuous Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and consistent bouts of vomiting may be a sign that a rectal or colon tumor is creating a blockage in the bowels. This leads to the digestive system being unable to pass waste or gas properly. If you experience persistent nausea, vomiting, or dehydration for longer than 24 hours, speak to a medical professional immediately.
While rectal bleeding can be a sign of other conditions such as polyps, or, hemorrhoids, doctors recommend a checkup anyway. While it could just be a minor illness, rectal bleeding of any sort is worthy of more investigation, especially if it doesn’t go away.
Changes in bowel movements
Unusual stools or change in bowel movements, even if occurs in your twenties or thirties should be looked into. Concerning symptoms include pencil-thin, or bloody stools, feeling early in a meal for extended periods of time. While these symptoms may have other less serious explanations, it still is a good idea to consult a medical professional as soon as you can.
If you or a loved one suffer from any of the symptoms, it may be time to speak to a medical professional about your colon health.