Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer in men and the second most common cancer in women worldwide. Almost 55% of the cases occur in developed countries.
Colon and rectal cancer is most frequently diagnosed among people aged 65-74 (median age 68), though of late a trend towards lower age group is being noted In western world colon cancer is slightly more common than rectal cancer, but in India, rectal cancer is more common.
Questions to ask yourself
- Do you notice any change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation that lasts for few days?
- Do you feel that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved in doing so?
- Are you suffering from cramping or abdominal pain?
- Are you experiencing dark stools or blood in the stools?
- Do you notice rectal bleeding during bowel movements?
- Do you often feel weakness and fatigue?
- Do you notice unintended weight loss?