Symptoms and Diagnosis of Colon Cancer
By Julie Wilkinson, BSN, RN, About.com Guide
Colon Cancer Symptoms
The symptoms suggestive of colon cancer may range from nonexistent to severe, be vague or obvious, and may be different for each person. Learn more about the symptoms of colon cancer and empower yourself with knowledge about this disease. If you fear you are suffering symptoms of colon cancer do not hesitate -- see your doctor and discuss your concerns. Early diagnosis may save lives.
- What is the Colon?
- Symptoms of Colon Cancer
- Thin Stools and Colon Cancer
- Gas, Bloating and Colon Cancer
- Stomach Cramps
Making a Colon Cancer Diagnosis
Fecal occult blood tests, fecal immunochemical tests, double-contrast barium enemas and colonoscopies -- just a few examples of the many tests used to screen for and diagnose colon cancer. Although these tests may be dreaded, they may save lives. Catching colon cancer early may increase survival -- basically, the earlier you catch the cancer, the better. Learn how to prepare for these tests and what to expect to allay any anxiety the impending exams are causing.
- The Dreaded Bowel Prep
- What is a Colon Biopsy?
- How Not to Dread a Colonoscopy
- What Is Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?
- Virtual Colonoscopy
- Double-Contrast Barium Enema
- How to Prepare for Colon Cancer Screening
- Ease Your Fear of Colon Cancer Screening
- Colon Cancer Staging
- Sporadic Colon Cancer Diagnosis
What Increases Colon Cancer Risk?
Learn about the risk factors of colon cancer and what changes you can make to improve your personal risk. You may be able to mitigate some factors, like a sedentary lifestyle, but you cannot mitigate others, such as your gender or age. Take control of your future by learning about both, and possibly making little changes to your lifestyle, diet and activity to decrease your personal risk of developing colon cancer.
- Colon Polyps
- Smoking and Colon Cancer
- Exercise and Colon Cancer
- Nutrition, Diet, and Colon Cancer
- Lifestyle Considerations
- Inheriting Colon Cancer