Colorectal cancer is also known as colon cancer or bowel cancer. This type of cancer usually begins as benign polyps, which are a clump of cells. Although benign to begin with, these clumps can sometimes go on to become colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is very hard to treat in the later stages and is nearly always fatal.
However, colorectal cancer is also among the easiest of cancers to treat when it is caught in the early stages. This means it is a good idea to get yourself regularly checked to help make sure that you catch the cancer in its early stages, as with all other cancers.
There are some signs that you should be aware of that can let you know that you have developed colorectal cancer. Below are 10 of these signs to look out for.
Symptom #1: Rectal Bleeding
The rectum is the final part of the passageway of the digestive system. It is through this part of the body that our stools pass before finally passing out of the body through the anus. At the end of the rectum is the anal sphincter. This is a group of muscles that keep the rectum tightly closed to keep the contents inside, except for when defecating.
While the interior of the rectum is made from soft, delicate tissues, it is not usual for this part of the body to bleed. If there is blood coming from the rectum then it could be a sign of an injury, or of an illness such as colorectal cancer.