Colorectal Cancer Symptoms

There often are no symptoms of colon cancer in its early stages. The most symptom of colon cancer is a polyp, a small non-cancerous growth on the colon wall that can grow larger and become cancerous. As polyps grow, they can bleed or obstruct the intestine.

Symptoms of colorectal cancer include:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Blood in the stool or toilet after a bowel movement
  • Prolonged diarrhea
  • A change in size or shape of your stool
  • Abdominal pain or a cramping pain in your lower stomach
  • A feeling of discomfort or urge to have a bowel movement when there is no need

The symptoms above can present themselves at any stage; early, late or even end stage colon cancer. While colon or colorectal cancer is found slightly more often in men versus women, the symptoms will not differ based on your gender. 

Many of the listed colon symptoms are not cancer, but if you notice one or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks, see your doctor.