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Colorectal Cancer (Bowel Cancer)
The colon and rectum are part of the large intestine. Colorectal cancer occurs when tumors form in the lining of the large intestine. It is common in both men and women. The risk of developing colorectal cancer rises after age 50. You’re also more likely to get it if you have colorectal polyps, a family history of colorectal cancer, ulcerative colitis or crohn’s disease, eat a diet high in fat, or smoke.
Symptoms of colorectal cancer include
Diarrhea or constipation
A feeling that your bowel does not empty completely
Blood (either bright red or very dark) in your stool
Stools that are narrower than usual
Frequent gas pains or cramps, or feeling full or bloated
Weight loss with no known reason
Nausea or vomiting
Because you may not have symptoms at first, it’s important to have screening tests. Ideally everyone over 50 should get screened. Tests include colonoscopy ( as a gold standard) and tests for blood in the stool. My Health Screening offers a FIT test which tests for blood in the stool. If you wish to choose this test, the limitations of the test will be explained to you in the test results.