Colorectal cancer can take several
years in your body before producing symptoms. The tumor rise asymptomatically from polyps in the lining of the
large intestine without impairing your normal life; this does not prevent it from progressively damaging the
colorectal tissues. When symptoms finally occur, the disease is often advanced and therefore more difficult to
In general, if you have
colorectal cancer, you will experience at least one of these symptoms:
associated with fatigue
- blood in
urge to defecate
that your bowel does not completely empty
discomfort characterized by stomach cramps, gas or pain
change in bowel movements characterized by alternation between
constipation and diarrhea.
presence of blood in your stool does not automatically mean you have bowel cancer. Certain conditions such as
hemorrhoids or anal fissure can cause rectal bleeding (hematochezia). In
addition, certain foods such as beets and red licorice can make your stools appear reddish.