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Colon cancer

23:33 EDT 20th September 2017 | BioPortfolio

The colon is an important part of the digestive system - some six feet of large intestine - and has a major role in the body absorbing nutrients, minerals, and water. The colon also helps rid the body of waste in the form of stool. 

Colon cancer symptoms include:

  • Changes in your bowel habits, such as bowel movements that are either more or less frequent than normal
  • Constipation (difficulty having a bowel movement or straining to have a bowel movement)
  • Diarrhea (loose or watery stools)
  • Intermittent (alternating) constipation and diarrhea
  • Bright red or dark red blood in your stools or black, dark colored, "tarry" stools
  • Stools that are thinner than normal ("pencil stools") or feeling as if you cannot empty your bowels completely
  • Abdominal (midsection) discomfort, bloating, frequent gas pains, or cramps
  • Unintentional weight loss (losing weight when not dieting or trying to lose weight)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Anemia (low red blood cell count or low iron in your red blood cells)
  • Jaundice (yellow color to the skin and whites of the eyes)

If you experience any of these for a week or more, call your doctor right away to arrange for tests etc.

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