Colon cancer is 1-of the most common types of cancer that will strike men and women in the U.S. – in fact, the American Cancer Society says it’s the third leading diagnosis among cancers in the country.
The society estimates there will be 97,220-new cases of colon cancer and 43,030-new cases of rectal cancer in 2018, with 50,630-deaths expected from them combined. Fortunately, more effective screening and early removal of polyps before they can develop into cancer is driving down mortality rates, it adds. Let’s take a look at 12 things to know about colon cancer…
1. Symptoms To Watch Out For
The Mayo Clinic explains that the polyps – which are clumps of cells in the large intestine – don’t usually have any symptoms on their own. However, you may start to notice some unusual signs that could warrant a trip to the doctor.
For example, the source notes diarrhea or constipation that persists longer than 4-weeks, rectal bleeding, prolonged abdominal discomfort, weakness and fatigue, and unexplained weight loss can all be tied to colon cancer.