Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer that 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 fatalities expected from them combined. Fortunately, more effective screening and early removal of polyps before they can develop into cancer is driving down mortality rates. Let’s take a look at 12 things to know about colon cancer…
Symptoms To Watch Out For
The Mayo Clinic explains that polyps, which are clumps of cells that grow in the lining of 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.