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Signs and Symptoms

Colorectal cancer often doesn’t give us any clues of its presence inside us. During the early stages of the disease there are no symptoms.

As colorectal cancer progresses the following symptoms may occur:

  • A change in bowel habits such as diarrhea, constipation, or both; if they last more than two weeks. 
  • Frequent or constant cramps, if they last for more than two weeks. 
  • Frequent gas pains. 
  • Blood on or in the stool. 
  • Stools that are narrower than usual. 
  • Stomach bloating, fullness, or cramps. 
  • A strong and continuing need to move your bowels, but with little stool.
  • A feeling that the bowel does not empty completely. 
  • Unexplained weight loss. 
  • Constantly feeling tired.

    If you have any of these symptoms talk to your health care provider during your next visit.
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