If you didn’t include skin cancers, colorectal cancers are the third most prevalent cancer in the United States. In 2016 alone, almost 140,000 people were diagnosed with either colon or rectal cancer. Although cases of colorectal cancer are common, many people wait until it’s too late to get diagnosed. This is because symptoms of colorectal cancer are very subtle and easily overlooked.
This is why I am going to tell you about the most commonly overlooked symptoms of colorectal cancer and what you can do to reduce your risk of developing it.
Abdominal cramps are one of the most overlooked symptoms of colorectal cancer mainly because they are a symptom of so many other, non-cancerous conditions. This doesn’t mean that you should freak out if you are feeling stomach pain.However, if you are experiencing intense and long-lasting stomach cramps that don’t seem to be going away, along with other symptoms of colorectal cancer, you should not dismiss it.