Unsual Signs of colon people lgnore for years

Unsual Signs of colon people lgnore for years

One of the most dangerous cancers sends out loud warning signals to let you know something is wrong.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. You might think it’s a disease of the elderly, but more adults in their 20s and 30s are being diagnosed, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Actor Chadwick Boseman was 43 when he died of colon cancer in 2020. Diagnosed in 2016, he worked through “countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” his family said.

Katie Couric’s husband Jay Monahan was just 42 when he died of colon cancer in 1998.

TODAY’s Craig Melvin’s older brother, Lawrence Meadows, died at age 43 in December 2020, four years after being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Doctors removed a baseball-sized tumor from his stomach in October 2016 and discovered the cancer had already spread.

Doctors say patients are uncomfortable talking about their symptoms.

“Sometimes people are uncomfortable talking about this part of their body,” says Dr. Jennifer Inra, a gastroenterologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“There’s public awareness, but not enough people are getting screened … people sometimes get nervous about screening.”

Colorectal cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States and the third leading cause of cancer death among American men and women, according to the CDC.

Although screening has helped reduce the overall number of cases, the obesity epidemic may be fueling an increase in the incidence among young adults.

Here are six signs you should never ignore.

  1. Bleeding
    The most common warning sign is rectal bleeding, says Dr. Alfred Neugut, a medical oncologist and cancer epidemiologist at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. If you notice blood on the toilet paper, toilet bowl, or stool, see your doctor. The blood can be bright red or dark brown.

This will generally be more bleeding than hemorrhoids or bleeding from a cut in the area, Inra added.