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Signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer may include:

  • Change in bowel habits
  • Blood in stool
  • Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that bowel does not empty all the way
  • Narrow stools
  • Frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, or cramps
  • Change in appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Feeling very tired
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

Factors that may increase your risk of developing colorectal cancer include:

  • Increase in age
  • Family/personal history of colorectal cancer
  • Inherited risk through genes
  • Drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes
  • Obesity
  • Being African American
  • History of inflammatory bowel disease

Some tests that your provider may do to determine if you have colorectal cancer include:

  • Fecal occult blood test – check for small amounts of blood in stool that cannot be seen
  • Stool DNA test – check for small amounts of blood in stool and DNA markers that are commonly found on colorectal cancers
  • Sigmoidoscopy – tube with camera used to examine the rectum and sigmoid colon for polyps and abnormalities
  • Colonoscopy – tube with camera used to examine the rectum and the entire colon for polyps and abnormalities
  • CT scan – take detailed pictures of colon and rectum to show polyps and other abnormalities

Types of treatment include:

Colon Cancer

Rectal Cancer

Surgery

Surgery

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiation therapy

Cryosurgery

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy

Active surveillance

Radiation therapy

Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy

 

 

To learn more about colorectal cancer and find additional support visit:

https://www.cancer.gov/types/colorectal

https://www.ccalliance.org/

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