As per some studies, bowel cancer is second most common malignancy to be diagnosed in Americans. The malignant tumor in the bowel tends to grow slowly and hence, there are few symptoms in the initial stages of the disease. It is only when the disease reaches a later stage does it get diagnosed, but by then it is often too late for a remission.
The end stage of bowel cancer is characterized by the following symptoms:
- Majority of the tumors in the bowel have the tendency to bleed. Based on where the tumor is located, the bleeding may or may not be noticeable to the patient. However, this loss of blood leads to weakness and constant fatigue. The person will not be able to do things like exercise and may want to rest and sleep all the time. In addition, due to the bleeding, the person will also suffer from anemia and its associated symptoms such as racing heart and/or shortness of breath.
- Another symptom present in the end stage of bowel cancer is problems with the digestive system. The person will suffer from either constipation or diarrhea and will also have pain while passing stool. Again, this symptom depends on the location of the malignancy. If the tumor is present on the left side, it will lead to pain and obstruction much earlier compared to a tumor on the right side. This is because the left side of the bowel is has a comparatively smaller diameter and the stool is usually in a semi-solid state in this part of the bowel. A tumor in the right side is usually not noticeable until it grows in size.
- End stage bowel cancer is marked with the presence of blood in the stool which is noticeable.
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