Bowel cancer symptoms and signs are generally considered nonspecific, and unfortunately most patients are diagnosed with symptoms or signs which can often mean that the disease has progressed.
The most common symptom of bowel cancer is vague abdominal pain. In the rectum, patients most often complain of blood in the stool. Tenesmus (tenesmus) is another important sign of bowel cancer.
And according to Russia Today in a study published by the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, more research has been conducted on tenesmus as a marker of bowel cancer.
The study indicated that “abdominal pain in colorectal cancer is non-specific and may be cramping in nature if the injury causes partial obstruction. Otherwise, it could be just local or general pain.”
He added: “The feeling of having to defecate without having a bowel movement, or pain when defecating or sciatica, could be symptoms of rectal cancer.”
What are tenes?
Tenesmia is associated with rectal cramps, and when a person suffers from it, they may have difficulty producing only a small amount of stool during bowel movements.
It is important to note that tenesmus can be a sign of many health problems, so it is always best to discuss the possible cause of this pain with your GP.
Medical News Today lists other possible causes of tenesmus, which include:
Colon infection, which can be caused by living things, such as bacteria or viruses.
Ischemic colitis, which is inflammation of the colon due to reduced blood flow to that area.
• Abnormal movements of food or waste products in the digestive system.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
• rectal abscess.
And the charity Bowel Cancer UK has warned that excessive fatigue can also be caused by bowel cancer. The disease was linked to iron deficiency, which later leads to anemia.
Symptoms of anemia include a feeling of great tiredness and can make the skin appear lighter than usual.
You should consider speaking to a doctor if your tiredness seems worse than usual and continues for at least three weeks.
But just because you notice a slight change in your bowel habits doesn’t necessarily mean you have bowel cancer. Your doctor will assess if you are at risk of developing the disease by asking about your symptoms and if you have a family history of bowel cancer.
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