Signs and Symptoms
The colon makes up the last six feet of the large intestines and absorbs water, electrolytes and nutrients from food and transports them into the bloodstream.
Colon cancer is fairly common, affecting about 7 percent of the American population. Although it is a life-threatening disease, it is a highly curable form of cancer if found early. Regular check-ups and screenings are very important.
Common signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:
A change in bowel habits
Diarrhea, constipation or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
Blood, either bright red or very dark in the stool
Stools that are narrower than usual
General abdominal discomfort such as frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness or cramps
Weight loss with no known reason