The rectum is the last part of the large intestine (also known as the colon) and ends at the anus. Only a few inches long, the anus stores stool until you are ready to go to the bathroom. Although it is part of the large intestine and continues with it, the rectum has its own characteristics.
Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs anywhere in the large intestine, including the rectum. However, you can only get rectal cancer, which is called rectal cancer.
Treatment of rectal cancer is more complex than that of colon cancer, because the space is narrow and so are other nearby organs. Therefore, prevention and early detection are more important.
Our expert team of colorectal surgeons in Greater Hartford recommends recognizing the early signs of rectal cancer so you can be evaluated and treated as quickly as possible. They detect, diagnose, and treat cancers of the rectum and colon with offices in Bloomfield, South Windsor, and Plainville, Connecticut.
We have compiled a list of early signs of rectal cancer so that you are aware of changes that require evaluation. Regular colonoscopies are also recommended to facilitate early detection.
Change in stool consistency or shape
Normal feces should have a good shape, sausage-like, soft consistency. When rectal cancer or other rectal disorders develop, it can cause abnormal discharge, such as:
Sometimes diarrhea and constipation can be caused by food allergies, but chronic diarrhea and constipation should not be ignored. Loose stools can be a symptom of a lump narrowing the rectum or an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease.
Blood and mucus may be seen in the stool
Blood in the stool can be a sign of rectal cancer, colon cancer, or other serious colon diseases. Call your proctologist right away.
Mucus in the stool indicates irritation of the rectal tissues. Inflammation can be caused by infection, inflammation, cancer, or other conditions.
Your pelvis hurts
Colon cancer often has no symptoms. However, pain in the pelvic area can also be a sign of rectal cancer.
Women who are still menstruating often mistake pelvic pain for the pain associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). However, if the pain persists after menstruation, it may be a sign of rectal cancer.
You have lost weight or feel tired
Fighting rectal cancer takes energy. One symptom of cancer is unexplained weight loss because your body uses calories to fight off disease instead of fueling muscles and other tissues.
You may also be too tired to keep up with your usual routine, or you often doze off during the day. Your immune system uses energy to kill cancer cells, which makes you feel tired.
Cancer develops in stages. Early stages of rectal cancer are easier to treat, and surgery and chemotherapy are better than late stages, so don’t ignore the symptoms.
Call an office near you or use our online form to contact colorectal surgeons in Greater Hartford today. We treat rectal cancer with minimally invasive surgery. If you do not have symptoms, you can contact us for a colon cancer screening.