Changes in Bowel Habits, Blood in the Stool, or Rectal Bleeding
We know it’s not ideal to take a look at the bowl after you go, but it can be a helpful strategy to monitor your overall health. Constipation, diarrhea, an inability to go, or distinct change in the size/shape/color of your stool could be a colon cancer symptom.
More females than males are actually diagnosed with colon cancer each year (47,820 females and 47,700 males), so it’s crucial for women to be vigilant when these colon cancer symptoms stack up.
“Having a parent, sibling, or close relative with colon or rectal cancer, or a history of polyps, makes you more likely to develop these conditions and may require earlier screening than age 50. Talk to your doctor if you regularly experience these symptoms,” says Jordan Axelrad, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at NYU Langone Health and an assistant professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine in New York City.