Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is a cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum and is spread throughout the digestive system and beyond.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in every 24 women and men of every 22 men, throughout their lives, will develop colon cancer. It is the third most diagnosed cancer in the United States, the second most deadly type of cancer in the country.
If you are concerned about this cancer, or if your family has a history of infection, it is good to be aware of signs and symptoms that indicate the development of the disease. But there are some lesser known symptoms that you may encounter which you are not familiar with and may indicate the situation.
Some signs make themselves clearly known, but some signs are quiet and do not show themselves clearly. These are the kinds of symptoms that you should be aware of.
Here are 6 silent symptoms of colon cancer to be ignored
- Weight loss
It is easy to overlook weight loss and consider it a good thing. As a society, we glorify thinness, which means that many people do not consider losing weight bad enough to see a doctor, but consider it a blessing.
But this supposed positive change is actually a very common symptom of colon cancer, as are many other cancers. Weight loss is a fairly reliable science, so if you lose your weight without changing your diet or adding to physical activity, your weight loss is unexplained.
In almost all cases, unexplained weight loss is serious and usually indicates an error within the body. If you lose, for example, 10 pounds and above in half a year while keeping the same habits that you were before you start losing weight, this is cause for concern.