Early Signs of Colorectal Cancer

Early detection is key when it comes to cancer care, increasing the effectiveness of treatment. Knowing early signs and symptoms are imperative when it comes to identifying and treating colorectal cancer.

Common Signs and Symptoms

It is important to note that the symptoms that may point to the presence of colorectal cancer can also be caused by something non-cancer related. This may include gastrointestinal issues like an infection, hemorrhoids, or other health complications.

Even though oftentimes these symptoms do not point to the presence of cancer, if you experience any of the following, it is recommended that you seek medical attention to find and treat the underlying cause:

  • Rectal bleeding or blood in stool
  • Dark stools
  • Changes in shape and size of stools
  • Stools that are thinner than normal
  • Unexplained and unintended weight loss
  • Unexplained loss of appetite
  • Persistent cramping and abdominal pain
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice

Routine Screenings

In most cases, symptoms that point to colorectal cancer only manifest after the tumor has grown or spread—making it imperative to have routine screenings and testing done. Screenings can help to detect early stages of cancer or even pre-cancerous polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), people of average risk should begin getting regular screenings at the age of 45. It is also recommended that regular screenings should be regularly through the age of 75.

Cancer Care in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, we are proud to offer the RRH Cancer Center, in affiliation with the UC Davis Health Cancer Care Network. The affiliation links RRH patients with a multi-disciplinary, extended network of cancer specialists

To learn more about our oncology services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-4:30 PM).