Colorectal cancer begins in the large intestine and may not cause symptoms in the early stages. However, when symptoms do appear, they primarily affect your gut.
According to the American Cancer Society, a feeling that your bowels aren’t emptying properly can be a hallmark.
If a tumor growth blocks the colon, it may cause a person to feel they can never empty their bowels. So even after you go to the toilet, you may feel like you need to use it again.
If the cancer is in an in situ stage, the survival rate is about 90%, according to Cancer .NET. This is why knowing the potential symptoms may be helpful.
Other signs when going to the toilet include:
• Change in bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation).
• Rectal bleeding accompanied by bright red blood.
• blood in the stool.
• Abdominal cramps or pain.
It is worth remembering that such symptoms can be caused by a variety of conditions.
Most people who experience these symptoms may not have bowel cancer, but it is important to see your GP about them, especially if you’ve had them for three weeks or more, the NHS advises.
And since most people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are over the age of 60, persistent symptoms like these should be taken more seriously as you get older.
There are some things that may increase the risk, including age, weight, lifestyle habits, and family history.