95-25 Queens Blvd., Third Floor, 
Rego Park, NY 11374

(718) 406-8000

By Queens Boulevard ASC
August 07, 2020
Category: GI Care

Anyone can develop colon cancer. Do you know the signs?

Does colon cancer run in your family? Are you experiencing changes in your bowels that don’t seem to be going away? There are many reasons people may want to learn more about colon cancer’s early symptoms and warning signs so that they know whether it’s time to schedule a colonoscopy with one of our Rego Park, NY, gastroenterologists.

Don’t Wait Until You Experience Symptoms

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t just want until GI symptoms plague you before getting a colonoscopy from our Rego Park, NY, doctors. In fact, a colonoscopy is the most effective screening tool we have for both preventing and catching colorectal cancer early on when it’s curable.

The issue here is that many people don’t experience symptoms of colon cancer until it’s progressed, which is why both men and women should get regular colonoscopies (even if they aren’t experiencing symptoms) by the time they turn 50 years old. Those who are at an increased risk for colon cancer may want to talk with us about whether they could benefit from early screenings before age 50.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Of course, it is still important to recognize when recurring or seemingly innocuous intestinal symptoms could actually be a sign of something more. Some of the early signs of colon cancer include sudden and unexpected weight loss along with extremely narrow stools. You may also notice,

  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
  • Feeling as if you haven’t fully emptied your bowels even after using the bathroom
  • Anemia
  • Recurring abdominal pain

As the cancer progresses you may begin to notice other symptoms including,

  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation (or alternating symptoms)
  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Cramping
  • Loose or watery stools
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea

It’s important to recognize that these symptoms can also be signed of other gastrointestinal problems including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or hemorrhoids; however, it’s just as important that you speak with your gastroenterologist if you are noticing these warning signs of colorectal cancer.

If you need to schedule your next routine colonoscopy at our Rego Park, NY, practice please call Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center today at (718) 406-8000. Getting regular colonoscopies by the time you turn 50 years old could just save your life.

Comments:

Questions or Comments?
We encourage you to contact us whenever you have an interest about our services.

Click here to see maps and directions.

Gastroenterologist Rego Park, NY
Queens Boulevard ASC
9525 Queens Blvd Ste 3
Rego Park, NY 11374
(718) 406-8000