This is probably one of the most dangerous assumptions, because one of the symptoms of colorectal cancer is no symptoms at all, and the other ones are just too easy to explain away. I know, I did. I assumed my fatigue was brought on by pressures from the new job and the bleeding was just my hemorrhoids flaring up from the strain associated with not eating right (free pizza was a perk of the new job. I love perks and I love pizza). Thinking back, I remember struggling to keep my eyes open during a business lunch, as if I was doped. Who thinks that’s normal??
Take it from me, it’s not, and if you won’t take it from me, then take it from Andrew Elder, Stage III colon cancer survivor. He says it so well~
“I don’t have any symptoms of colorectal cancer, because they’ve already been explained away as something else.”
How about you already know something’s wrong, like endometriosis. Does that mean it can’t also be cancer? Take it from Kelly, it can…
What are the warning signs of colorectal cancer?
- Blood in or on your stool (bowel movement).
- Persistent stomach pain, aches, cramps, or bloating that won’t seem go away.
- Losing weight and you don’t know why.
- Extreme fatigue
The best way to detect colorectal cancer in it’s early stages (before you notice it) is with a colonoscopy, and never, ever assume that the symptoms above couldn’t be cancer because you’re too young.
Take it from us, cancer doesn’t care about age.