Waiting for Symptoms
- Examines Nothing
- No Effort
- Easy to fit into a busy schedule
- False Sense of Security
- No symptoms doesn’t mean there's no problem
- High Risk
- Treatable cancers are missed. Cancer may no longer be treatable when it shows symptoms.
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Get the facts
Your doctor may talk to you about “watchful waiting” as an approach for other medical situations. Unfortunately, this isn’t an option when it comes to colorectal cancer. Many people with colon cancer don’t experience symptoms until it’s too late. The recommended screening methods can find cancer or pre-cancerous polyps early, when they can be treated and removed. That’s why having a screening plan is important.
You’re not alone if you feel like you don’t have time to get screened or you’re fine because you don’t have a family history--these are both widespread misperceptions. The truth is there are screening options that fit into even the busiest lifestyles, and it’s important for everyone (no exceptions) to have a screening plan between the ages of 50 and 75, even sooner if you have a family history or other risk factors.
Colorectal cancer is typically slow growing. When symptoms do appear, they might be a sign of advanced disease. Symptoms commonly include a change in your bowel habits, blood in the stool, persistent abdominal discomfort, a feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely, and weakness or fatigue. If you experience any of these symptoms, get in touch with your doctor immediately.