Colon Cancer Symptoms
Colon cancer symptoms do not always occur when the condition first develops. In fact, in the earliest stages of colon cancer, recognizable signs are typically absent. However, as the cancer progresses, it can cause several notable symptoms.
Some of the typical symptoms associated with colon cancer include:
- Changes in bowel habits that last longer than a few days; such issues may involve constipation, diarrhea, or changes in the consistency of stool
- Abdominal cramping or stomach pain
- Feeling bloated or gassy for long periods of time
- Fatigue and weakness
- Unintentional weight loss
These symptoms could indicate colon cancer, but in many cases, they are caused by other, less serious medical conditions. To distinguish what is causing the symptoms, it’s vital to discuss them with a medical professional who can perform any necessary tests.
In general, the earlier a cancer is detected, the more numerous the available treatment options for a patient. Although symptoms might be absent in the first stages of colon cancer, such diseases can still be detected through a medical screening process like a colonoscopy. It is for this very reason that all people over the age of 50, as well as other groups of people with medical conditions that place them at greater risk of developing colon cancer, are recommended to undergo regular imaging and/or laboratory testing.
Tampa General Hospital provides a wide array of treatment options for those who have colon cancer. Through our multidisciplinary approach, our team of physicians, surgeons, and other cancer specialists can create a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan. We often use minimally invasive robotically assisted or laparoscopic approaches during surgical interventions in order to improve overall patient outcomes while reducing risks associated with the treatment. This is just one of the ways our team ensures the best possible quality of life for each patient.