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Colon Cancer Symptoms Young Adults Should Never Ignore

New research has observed that colon cancer is often diagnosed late in younger adults who are not aware they can develop the disease.

In an online survey launched on social media, 63% of the respondents were not aware that people younger than 50 could get colorectal cancer. That’s why most of them had to wait for more than three months after noticing symptoms before they went to the doctors. Some (23%) even waited for more than a year before seeking help.

Even after visiting the doctor, it took them a long time to get a diagnosis because they felt that doctors dismissed their concerns and symptoms as well.

Although some of the symptoms of colorectal cancer are often vague, most of them, when combined, should be able to alert the doctors about the likelihood of colorectal cancer development. Signs such as rectal bleeding and blood in the stool have a direct correlation with colorectal cancer and should never be ignored.

A bloated stomach, constipation, fatigue, and abdominal pain are symptoms caused by multiple issues, including colon cancer.

According to the survey, 77% of the patients were diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer, which made them go through aggressive therapies that affected their quality of life. Most of them experienced sexual issues, depression, anxiety, nerve issues, which caused employment and financial problems. Many of them did not know about fertility preservation because doctors did not discuss this with them before commencing treatment.

It was also discovered that 29% of the participants had a family history of colorectal cancer, while 6% had Lynch Syndrome.

From the findings of the survey, it’s quite clear that the lack of awareness of young-onset colorectal cancer is responsible for late diagnoses. Increasing awareness can help improve care.

Many cases of young-onset colorectal cancer have no known cause, and the fact that many young adults have no family history does not mean they aren’t at risk of the disease.

Screening is vital for patients with symptoms that may indicate colorectal cancer. Both doctors and patients need to be aware that the disease can develop at any age and should not ignore any signs related to the disease.

Young adults should listen to their bodies, and if they notice symptoms such as a change in bowel habits or shape of stool, unexplained weight loss, rectal bleeding, loss of appetite, blood in the stool, they should seek medical help immediately.

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