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Symptoms of Rectal cancer

Symptoms of Rectal cancer: Introduction

Symptoms of rectal cancer can vary among individuals. Some people experience no symptoms at all, especially in the early stages of the disease. Rectal cancer often develops from benign adenomatous intestinal polyps, which in themselves generally produce no symptoms.

If adenomatous intestinal polyps are not discovered and removed, they can eventually become cancerous, resulting in symptoms that include a change in bowel movements. This includes ongoing diarrhea, having narrower stools, or constipation. Other symptoms include bloating, gas, abdominal cramps, rectal bleeding and/or blood in the stool. People may also experience a feeling of not being able to empty the bowel completely, weight loss, and fatigue.

As rectal cancer grows, the lining of the colon gets larger and hardens and the growing tumor can block the colon, causing intestinal obstruction or rupture of the intestinal wall and a life-threatening infection called peritonitis....more about Rectal cancer »

Symptoms of Rectal cancer

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Rectal cancer includes the 13 symptoms listed below:

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Rectal cancer: Complications

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Rectal cancer: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Rectal cancer?

The list of other diseases or medical conditions that may be on the differential diagnosis list of alternative diagnoses for Rectal cancer includes:

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Other Possible Causes of these Symptoms

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Rectal cancer. This signs and symptoms information for Rectal cancer has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Rectal cancer signs or Rectal cancer symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Rectal cancer may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Rectal cancer symptoms.


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