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Rectal Cancer Symptoms

Rectal cancer symptoms vary from person to person and depend on a range of factors. However, there are typically no warning signs until the later stages of a tumor’s development, which can make early detection and treatment a challenge. For this reason, regular screenings for rectal cancer are recommended, as they can detect growths which are or may become cancerous before symptoms arise.

The most common rectal cancer symptoms involve changes or issues with bowel movements. In many cases, cancer is not the underlying cause, however, it is important for individuals to receive a prompt examination after experiencing one or more of the following symptoms to determine the cause:

  • Pain in the rectum
  • Pain during a bowel movement
  • Changes in the consistency or appearance of stool
  • Blood in the stool
  • Difficulty fully emptying the bowels
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • An increased frequency in bowel movements

For some individuals, rectal cancer may spread and cause additional symptoms. For example, patients with metastatic rectal cancer often experience fatigue, changes in appetite, and weight loss.

If you are experiencing any of the warning signs of rectal cancer, the team of gastrointestinal and oncological medical professionals at Tampa General Hospital’s Endoscopy Center can provide a comprehensive examination. Through the use of advanced technologies, we are able to identify rectal cancer symptoms and accurately diagnose rectal cancers in all stages of development. For patients with rectal cancer, we provide individualized treatment plans that provide the greatest likelihood of a successful outcome.

Tampa General Hospital is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Gastroenterology & GI Surgery by U.S. News & World Report in 2017-18. Click here to find a gastroenterologist using our Physician Finder  or call 1-800-833-3627.