Bowel cancer signs are almost similar to other and milder conditions. That’s why some people don’t realize that they are suffering from more severe conditions than they think. Knowing the symptoms of bowel cancer or colorectal cancer is very important to prevent more serious conditions.
What is bowel cancer?
Bowel cancer is a cancer that affects the large intestine (colon). This cancer usually starts with small polyps. At first, it is non-cancerous. But over the years, it will develop into bowel cancer. That’s why it is important for you to have regular screening so that doctor can remove the polyps before they become more dangerous.
There are some bowel cancer signs that are most commonly experienced by bowel cancer patients. Some of them are blood in the stool, abdominal pain, and change in the bowel habit. Blood in the stool is often mistaken as hemorrhoid symptoms. Meanwhile, abdominal pain and bowel habit changes are often thought as the symptoms of common digestive problem. However, it is not always the case. People who are over 50 and suffer from these symptoms must get screening for colon cancer right away. Other symptoms that accompany those three signs are unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and bowel obstruction.
Bowel obstruction is a condition in which your digestive waste cannot pass through the large intestine. This happens because the bowel cancer bocks the passageway. Some of the sign of this condition are severe abdominal pain, bloated or swelling tummy, vomiting, and unable to pass stool.
Treatment for bowel cancer
The most common treatment for bowel cancer is surgery. Different stages of bowel cancer require different treatment and surgery. If the tumors are still in the form of polyps, colonoscopy procedure can be applied to remove it. This surgery is done using a colonoscope which is inserted into the rectum. It is painless and safe. And you will be able to recover quickly. For more severe cases, laparoscopy or more invansive surgery may be needed.
After the surgery, certain patients will be required to follow chemotherapy or radiation therapy in order to be totally free from the cancer. Those who suffer early-stage colon cancer usually do not need these treatments. These therapies are usually only applied when the cancer has spread to the nearest lymph node and other organs.
Some people have more risk of suffering from bowel cancer. Those who are over 50, have family history of colon cancer, and have a high fat and low fiber diet will have higher risk of bowel cancer. If you have some risk factors, you must be aware of the bowel cancer signs.