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Symptoms of colon and rectal cancer

The cancer can cause symptoms by either bleeding or causing disruption of the normal bowel function or by affecting organs it may have spread to.


Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal Pain

  • Blood from the back passage, often mixed in with the stools, but not always

  • A loss of appetite

  • Non deliberate weight loss

  • A change in bowel habit

  • A permanent feeling of having to empty the bowel (called tenesmus)

  • Faecal incontinence

  • Passing mucous from the bottom

  • Anaemia (a low amount of red blood in the circulation)

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