5 Signs Of Rectal Carcinoma
These 5 signs of rectal carcinoma can occur as a result of a growth within the rectum. Unfortunately, by the time these signs occur, the cancer has often progressed to later stages that are much more difficult to treat. In addition, these signs can be indicative of other problems which are much less serious, leading many to ignore them until it is too late for effective treatment. The best way to prevent rectal carcinoma or to ensure early diagnosis is to have regular screenings. Doctors recommend regular screening for colorectal cancer after age fifty, or earlier if there is a history of rectal cancer in the family.
If any of these signs of rectal carcinoma occur, it is important that you see your doctor right away. If the cause is less serious, you will be able to rule out cancer and pursue any necessary treatment. If the cause is cancer, you will be able to move forward with whatever treatment your doctor recommends.
- Abdominal pain, discomfort or bloating. A number of issues could lead to abdominal pain, some of which are minor. If abdominal pain, persistent gas or constant bloating do not seem to be caused by another problem, consult with your doctor.
- Changes in bowel patterns that persist more than five days. It is normal to experience changes in your bowel movements. Even temporary constipation or diarrhea are nothing to worry about. But if constipation or diarrhea persist over a long period of time, you should bring this to your doctor's attention.
- Abnormally narrow or bloody stools. An obstruction in the rectum could cause stools to be much narrower in circumference than normal. In addition, rectal carcinoma could cause bright red or black blood to appear in the stools.
Constant feeling of needing to pass a bowel movement. If, even after you have had a bowel movement, you still feel pressure that makes you feel as if you need to do so again, this could be a sign of rectal carcinoma.
- Weakness or persistent fatigue. This is another symptom that could indicate any number of underlying causes. However, long-term fatigue, weakness or a general feeling of malaise, especially in combination with one or more other symptoms, can indicate the presence of rectal carcinoma.
To prevent rectal carcinoma, maintain a healthy, fiber-rich diet and follow guidelines for regular screenings. Regular testing is the best way to detect rectal carcinoma early, when treatment is likely to be simpler and more successful.