Colorectal cancer is more common in older people especially those older than 60 years. Signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer are subtle in the initial stages. If it is diagnosed in early stages, response to treatment/s is better and in stages I, II and III, the cancer can be cured completely.
Consult your doctor if you have any/all of the following symptoms that are suggestive of any significant medical problem:
These are a few symptoms that may occur in a person with colorectal cancer but it does not mean that you definitely have cancer. Similar symptoms may be due to other causes but it is advisable to confirm the diagnosis than ignore the symptoms. Prognosis of colorectal cancer is better when diagnosed in early stages (stage I, II and III).
When to consult if you have been treated for colorectal cancer
If you are a colorectal cancer survivor regular follow-up examinations after treatment are recommended. These follow ups can detect recurrence (in case the cancer comes back) at an earlier stage. If necessary, your doctor will recommend tests to diagnose the recurrence of cancer. Furthermore, regular follow-ups also give you a chance to discuss other changes in health. Other symptoms that may surface in-between the follow-up appointments are:
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