Extra Care is Needed to Detect Colorectal Cancer Red Flag Symptoms ..Created by:
The incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer (CRC) is rising rapidly in Asia. It seems that ethnicity has an important etiological role in CRC in Asia. However the incidence, anatomical distribution and mortality of CRC among Asian populations are not different from those in Western countries. Around one in five bowel cancer patients diagnosed after an emergency presentation have displayed at least one cancer ‘alarm symptom’ in the year leading up to their diagnosis, according to Cancer Research UK-funded study published in the British Journal of Cancer.
- Bleeding from the back passage, or blood in the stool.
- A change in your normal toilet habits, going more frequently for example
- A lump in the anorectal canal or abdomen, commonly felt on the right hand side
- A feeling of needing to strain in the back passage, as if you need to pass a bowel motion, even after opening your bowels
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Anaemia symptoms like pallor and easy fatigability
The study found that ‘red flag’ symptoms were much more common in patients who were diagnosed via non-emergency routes, and that patients diagnosed as an emergency often did not display these symptoms strongly associated with bowel cancer.