If you are concerned about colon cancer, talk to your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on when to check for Colon cancer detection in Saint Lucie County, what tests to have and how often to have them.
These following tests are used to detect polyps, Colon cancer detection in Saint Lucie County, or other abnormalities, even when a person does not have symptoms associated with colon cancer. Your health care provider can explain more about each test.
• A fecal occult blood test (FOBT)
• A sigmoidoscopy
• A colonoscopy
• A virtual colonoscopy
• A double contrast barium enema (DCBE)
• A digital rectal exam (DRE)
Common signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:
• A change in bowel habits
• Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
• Blood (either bright red or very dark) in the stool
• Stools that are narrower than usual
• General abdominal discomfort (frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, and/or cramps)
• Weight loss with no known reason
• Constant tiredness
Most often, these symptoms are not due to colon cancer. Other health problems can cause the same colon cancer symptoms. Anyone with these symptoms should see a doctor so that any problem can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. Usually, early colon cancer does not cause pain. That is why it is important to know the possible signs and symptoms of colon cancer. It is important not to wait to feel pain before seeing a doctor.
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