It can be extremely easy to miss the early warning signs of colon cancer because its symptoms can go undetected without proper screening. The good news is that when detected early, minimally-invasive treatments, including laparoscopic colon resection, can be used to manage it successfully.
Colorectal cancer (colon and rectal cancer) is the third most common cancer in the US. According to the American Cancer Society, over 100,000 new cases of colon cancer and 44,000 of rectal cancer have been diagnosed in 2019.
Sadly, most patients wait until it’s too late to go for screening or treatment because the diseases share common symptoms with other conditions, such as ulcers, hemorrhoids, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. So if you don’t want to put yourself at risk, here are four early signs of colon cancer to keep in mind.
Blood In Your Stool
If you spot blood on your toilet paper after wiping or in the toilet bowl, it could be a sign of colon cancer. However, it could also be a symptom of one of the diseases mentioned earlier. Generally, the bloodstains indicate you either have a tumor or ulcers in your colon. The best action to take is to visit the doctor for a screening.
Changes In Your Bowel
Although it is normal to experience bowel troubles from time to time, be wary if you start noticing regular irregularities. Colon cancer usually affects the lower part of the colon causing symptoms such as frequent diarrhea, incontinence, and constipation. If you find yourself going to the toilet unexpectedly or you can’t go, see a doctor immediately.
When a tumor becomes too large, it can affect bowel movement. As a result, you experience difficulty trying to pass stools. This can result in extreme abdominal pain because stool backs up in your large intestines. So whenever you experience challenges with your bowel movements, please consult a doctor.
Rapid Weight Loss
Most people want to lose weight to stay healthy. But if you’re losing weight rapidly without making any lifestyle or dietary changes, it could be a sign of a serious underlying issue. Rapid or unexplained weight loss is another symptom of colon cancer.
How a Laparoscopic Colon Resection Can Help
When detected early, our doctor can use laparoscopic colon resection to manage the early symptoms of colon cancer. And since it is a minimally-invasive procedure, you can enjoy various benefits including:
• A quick recovery period
• Quicker results
• Less discomfort