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5 Colon Cancer Symptoms

March is colorectal cancer awareness month. This year alone, 148,000 men and women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer. When found early, there is a 90 percent chance for a cure. Often colorectal cancer is asymptomatic in its earliest stages. That is why everyone at the age of 50 should get a colonoscopy. This is also why it is important to know the symptoms of colorectal cancer.

Dr. Brett Inglis, gastroenterologist with Nashville Medical Group’s Center for Gastroenterology, urges patients to consult a doctor if the following symptoms persist for more than two weeks.

·         Blood in toilet or stool after a bowel movement

·         Rectal bleeding

·         Prolonged constipation or diarrhea

·         An urge to have a bowel movement when there is no need

·         A change in the size or shape of your stool

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Inglis, call 615.284.1450. For more information about colorectal cancer, visit https://www.sths.com/Pages/Medical-Services/Cancer/Types-of-Cancer/Colon-Cancer.aspx

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