I frequently post information related to cancer –research, news, survivors, fighters…and this month is no exception. However, since it is officially Colon Cancer Awareness Month and my family was changed by this particular nasty cancer, I will be sharing cancer related information throughout this month so that we do not lose sight of those who are beginning their battle, currently battling, have won or unfortunately the way too many that have lost their battle with cancer.
For my family –just because the actual ‘cancer’ is gone, doesn’t mean the cancer ever goes away. It colors everything we do, everything we think, every choice we make. This unwelcome intruder has changed us – in the worst way and in surprisingly, some of the best ways. So keep in mind that even though a survivor may have made it to the winning side — they are never the same.
And if you are at risk for colon cancer, have any of the symptoms below, or are 50+ please go get screened for Colon Cancer. If caught early, colon cancer is beatable!
Colorectal cancer first develops with few, if any, symptoms. However, if symptoms are present, they may include:
- Having diarrhea or constipation
- Feeling that your bowel does not empty completely
- Finding blood (either bright red or very dark) in your stool
- Finding your stools are narrower than usual
- Frequently having gas pains or cramps, or feeling full or bloated
- Losing weight with no known reason
- Feeling very tired all the time
- Having nausea or vomiting
These symptoms can also be associated with many other health conditions. If you have any of these symptoms, discuss them with your doctor. Only your doctor can determine why you’re having these symptoms. Usually, early cancer does not cause pain. It is important not to wait to feel pain before seeing a doctor.