Research has shown that there is a significant delay between when people notice signs of colon cancer and when it is actually diagnosed. This lag time, which averages around five months, could result in colon cancer spreading further and lowering the chance of survival. While it’s true that most people with these symptoms do not have colon cancer, it’s never safe to assume that’s the case.
Beware of the following seemingly harmless symptoms of colon cancer…
Changes in Your Bowel Habits
There is no such thing as a universally “normal” bowel movement. In fact, your doctor really only cares about what is normal for you. In other words, everyone’s stool size, color, and consistency are unique. In the end, different people have different bowel habits.
It is important to be alert for any change in your normal pattern of bowel movements. Bowel movement change can be described in the following ways: sudden change in stool frequency, shape, color, stool evacuation (a feeling that you need to have a bowel movement, even when you just had one).