7 Signs of Colon Cancer You Shouldn’t Ignore

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

Colon cancer has very common symptoms like fatigue, constipation or diarrhea which we experience from time to time. Here are few other symptoms of colon cancer, which we have to be on the look out for.

1. Bloody Stools


Bloody Stools: If you are able to find blood or mucus mixed with your stool often, you might need medical assistance. You might need to go for medical tests to clarify your situation.

2. Anemia

Anemia: Anemia is a result of severe loss of hemoglobin and red blood cells. This results in fatigue, shortness of breath and also turns your skin pale.

3. Unexplained Weight Loss


Unexplained Weight Loss: A sudden and severe loss of weight is always something to be concerned about. This could result in colon or rectal cancer if coupled with any of the other symptoms.

4. Abdominal Pain

Abdominal Pain: If you experience minor discomforts like gas, cramping, bloating and pain in your abdomen, on a regular basis it is time to get yourself evaluated.

5. Constipation

Constipation: Chronic or ongoing constipation persisting for a longer period can be related to colon cancer.

6. Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and Vomiting: If you experience nausea and vomiting on a regular basis without any specific reason, it can be a result of colon cancer. At times, these symptoms might seem unrelated to your abdomen.

7. Trouble Passing Stool

Trouble Passing Stool: There might be a severe disturbance in your bowel movement. You might always have the feeling of incomplete stool evacuation. At times you might feel the need to pass stool immediately but end up passing no stool.


Chat With a Doctor for the next 100 Hours -> #icliniq100hrs

Do you have a question to ask a doctor online?

Ask a Doctor Online Now »

Recommended Links
Q: 69-year old smoker diagnosed with colon cancer. Does she need chemotherapy?
I have gone through the reports of your mother (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As per reports she has a sigmoid colon cancer. There is no distant spread of cancer (not spread outside colon) as per CT sc... Read more »
Q: Can a pelvic CT scan show colon cancer?
I do not know why you are getting worried about colon cancer? These are not symptoms of colon cancer. As far as your query is concerned, colon cancer may or may not be detected on CT scan based on the stage of cancer. Bu... Read more »
Q: Are my problems related to liver, spleen or colon cancer?
I understand your concerns. I will explain some facts. Most cancers are painless and cause gradually progressive symptoms like for example: Jaundice and liver function failure in case of liver cancer. Enlarged spleen... Read more »

Related Posts

Ask a Doctor Online? Ask Now!