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Colon Cancer

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, often presents with subtle symptoms in its early stages, making regular screenings crucial for early detection. Some common signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:

1. Changes in Bowel Habits: Persistent diarrhea, constipation, or a change in stool consistency that lasts for more than a few days.

2. Rectal Bleeding: Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding, which may appear as bright red or dark and tarry.

3. Abdominal Discomfort: Persistent abdominal pain, cramping, or discomfort, particularly if accompanied by bloating or gas.

4. Unexplained Weight Loss: Sudden and unexplained weight loss without changes in diet or exercise habits.

5. Weakness or Fatigue: Persistent fatigue or weakness that does not improve with rest.

6. Incomplete Evacuation: Feeling of incomplete bowel evacuation after passing stool.

7. Anemia Low red blood cell count (anemia) due to chronic blood loss from the digestive tract, which may cause fatigue, weakness, and shortness of breath.

It's important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by various other conditions, and experiencing them does not necessarily mean you have colon cancer. However, if you experience any of these symptoms, especially if they persist or worsen over time, it's essential to consult a healthcare professional for further evaluation and testing.

As for new statistics, the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2021, there will be approximately 149,500 new cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed in the United States, with about 52,980 deaths from the disease. Despite advancements in screening and treatment, colorectal cancer remains the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the United States.

Early detection through regular screenings such as colonoscopies can significantly improve the prognosis and outcomes for individuals with colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends regular screenings for individuals at average risk starting at age 45, although individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer or other risk factors may need to start screening earlier.

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