Colorectal Cancer Symptoms: 8 signs to see your doctor

  1. Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
  2. Stools that are narrower than usual–like the size of a pen or pencil
  3. Frequent gas pains, bloating, a feeling of fullness, or abdominal cramps
  4. Weight loss for no known reason
  5. Feeling you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by having one
  6. A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation, that lasts for more than a few days
  7. Unexpected weakness or fatigue
  8. No symptoms

Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer:

  • Smoking
  • Little fruit, vegetable, and fiber consumption
  • Overweight and obese
  • Lack of physical activity and exercise
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Diabetes
  • A diet high in red meat (beef, pork, lamb), processed meats, and fats
  • Meat preparation including grilling, broiling, frying, or other methods at very high temperatures
  • A personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps