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Colorectal Cancer Symptoms

Colorectal cancer symptoms are generally not present in the earliest stages of the cancer’s growth, although suspicious cells can be detected very early – and sometimes even before a tumor develops. For this reason, it is important to be regularly screened for any signs of cancer even if no symptoms have yet occurred. When noticeable symptoms do occur, it’s important to report them right away to a medical professional who can determine if cancer or precancerous polyps are present.

In some people, the following colorectal cancer symptoms occur:

  • Presence of blood in the stool
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Notable changes in bowel habits, including a difference in the consistency of the stool, diarrhea, constipation, etc.
  • Ongoing abdominal cramping, persistent bloating and gas, or other abdominal discomfort
  • Change in appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss

It should be noted that although these symptoms could be related to cancer, they could also be caused by a number of other circumstances. That means not everyone who experiences one or more of these signs necessarily has colorectal cancer. Medical professionals will use diagnostic tests to determine if people have malignancies and how severe they may be.

At Tampa General Hospital, we provide comprehensive, individualized treatment plans for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. Patients who require surgery can rely on our experienced surgeons to remove precancerous polyps or malignant tissues; our surgeons often utilize minimally invasive techniques that help minimize side effects. Oncologists from other specialties, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy, also provide expert opinions in the same location.

For a physician referral or to schedule an appointment, please call (813) 844-2200.