Colon cancer is known as "the silent killer" – often symptoms do not appear until after the cancer is advanced.
Symptoms that do appear are often misdiagnosed. This is why screening is so important.
Common symptoms to watch for (which may or may not indicate a problem) include:
- Frequent, but not necessarily constant, blood in the stool
- Stools narrower than usual
- Diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both
- Bloating, fullness, or general stomach discomfort
Lori Shelton Alliance for
Colon Cancer Awareness