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Silent Signs of Colon Cancer

The Remedy Logo By Leah Groth of The Remedy | Slide 1 of 9: No cancer is good cancer. But there are some that seem more…inconvenient than others.  Colon, or colorectal cancer, is any cancer involving the large intestine and/or rectum, and can be as painful as that sounds. Unfortunately, it is very common, with almost 150,000 new cases diagnosed each year. "In the United States, it remains the second most lethal cancer in men and third most in women," Amir Masoud, MD, a Yale Medicine gastroenterologist, explains to The Remedy. "While the incidence of colorectal cancer has declined in people over the age of 50—thanks to effective screening programs—we are seeing an uptick in new cases involving younger patients."Usually symptoms do not present themselves until colon cancer is in more advanced stages, although a colonoscopy before it starts to cause symptoms can help. "It is therefore imperative that we are aware of the possible warning signs and seek immediate medical attention if any of these are present," explains Dr. Masoud. Here are the signs and symptoms of colon cancer you need to look out for. (Some of them aren't pretty, but essential to know.)

Silent Signs of Colon Cancer

No cancer is good cancer. But there are some that seem more…inconvenient than others.  Colon, or colorectal cancer, is any cancer involving the large intestine and/or rectum, and can be as painful as that sounds. Unfortunately, it is very common, with almost 150,000 new cases diagnosed each year. "In the United States, it remains the second most lethal cancer in men and third most in women," Amir Masoud, MD, a Yale Medicine gastroenterologist, explains to The Remedy. "While the incidence of colorectal cancer has declined in people over the age of 50—thanks to effective screening programs—we are seeing an uptick in new cases involving younger patients."

Usually symptoms do not present themselves until colon cancer is in more advanced stages, although a colonoscopy before it starts to cause symptoms can help. "It is therefore imperative that we are aware of the possible warning signs and seek immediate medical attention if any of these are present," explains Dr. Masoud. 

Here are the signs and symptoms of colon cancer you need to look out for. (Some of them aren't pretty, but essential to know.)

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