Talking about colorectal cancer can be intimidating or even a little scary.
However, knowing the early signs of colorectal cancer can help you catch the disease early, improving the odds that you can prevent it from coming back and beat it.
Many people with colon cancer have no symptoms at the beginning of the disease. When symptoms appear, they can be different depending on the cancer's size and location in your large intestine. Symptoms of colorectal cancer may cause diarrhea, constipation, blood in your stool, abdominal pain that does not go away, a feeling that your bowel movement is not complete, fatigue, or losing weight without trying.
A colonoscopy can save your life. If you are 45 or older, routine colonoscopies are recommended. If you have a family history of the disease, it may be recommended that you are screened even earlier. It is possible to prevent colon cancer!
Talk to your primary care provider if you think you should schedule a colonoscopy and you are under the age of 45. If you are over 45, you can schedule a colonoscopy without a referral! Call us at (612) 871-1145 or request an appointment online.