Know the Signs and Tests for Colorectal Cancer

Each year about 71,000 men and 64,000 women get the diagnosis of colorectal cancer. The disease claims more than 50,000 lives each year — making it the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths.

Fortunately, with early detection the disease can be treated. More than 1 million Americans are currently colon cancer survivors.

This video report with Dr. Nilay Kumar, a gastroenterologist from Aurora Health Care, discusses colorectal cancer signs and the screenings available for this disease.

View the video report.


Some of the symptoms of colorectal cancer include:

  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation or narrowing of the stool that lasts for more than a few days
  • A feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely
  • Blood in your stool (either bright red or dark red)
  • Frequent gas pains or cramps, feeling full or bloated
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Weakness and fatigue due to blood-loss anemia
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting with abdominal distention (an outward expansion of the stomach and waist)

Screenings for colorectal cancer include stool tests, radiological tests or the gold standard: the screening colonoscopy. It allows for both the detection and removal of polyps at the same time.

To decide on which screening test is best for you, check with your health care professional.

Meet the Author

Nilay Kumar, MD is a Gastroenterologist at Aurora Advanced Healthcare in Milwaukee, WI.

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The information presented in this site is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own physician. Contact your physician if you believe you have a health problem.

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