5 early signs of rectal cancer that you should not be ashamed to talk about

Sometimes rectal cancer does not cause any symptoms. But bleeding is often the first symptom of the disease. Bleeding is usually minimal. At first, most people assume that the bleeding is due to hemorrhoids (anus and rectal pain, swollen veins that can cause bleeding). Hemorrhoids are a harmless and fairly common cause of rectal bleeding.

The main symptoms of rectal cancer are:

Rectal bleeding
Itching in and around the rectum
Lump or mass at the opening of the rectum
Rectal pain and feeling of fullness
Stool stricture or other changes in bowel movements
Abnormal discharge from the anus
Stool leakage (loss of bowel control)
Swollen lymph nodes in the rectum or groin
Often these types of symptoms are caused by benign (non-malignant) conditions such as hemorrhoids, rectal fissures, and rectal fissures. However, if you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor so the cause can be found and treated if necessary.
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