Question by  Brian78 (17)

Are there symptoms of colon cancer?

My uncle had cancer, and it wasn't found until it was too late. Was there something we should have noticed?


Answer by  djb228 (510)

The best test for colon cancer is colonoscopy. It's recommended beginning at age 50. If there is a history of colon cancer in your family, this is an important test to have. There are other tests that look for blood in the stool; they are less effective. By the time a person has symptoms, a tumor can be quite large.


Answer by  vietnamgirls (1177)

At the early stages there may be no symptoms. However common symptoms include blood in the stool, constipation or diarrhea, pencil thin bowel movements, weight loss and loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting or anemia.


Answer by  ItalianButterfly (110)

Early stage colon cancer has no symptoms. Ask your doctor about testing. Colonoscopy screenings are a must for everyone over the age of 50 or in high risk patients.


Answer by  skm (432)

Symptoms of colon cancer can include decreased stool caliber, anemia, and blood in the stool. However, these symptoms might not appear until late in the disease.

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