Symptoms of intestinal cancer can vary depending on its location within the intestine.
- Changes in bowel habits: Persistent diarrhoea, constipation, or other changes in bowel habits that last for more than a few days.
- Blood in the stool: Blood in stool which may appear as bright red or dark and tarry.
- Abdominal pain or discomfort: Persistent or intermittent abdominal pain.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Iron deficiency anaemia: Iron deficiency anaemia can occur when intestinal cancer causes bleeding leading to low level of iron in blood.
It is important to note that some people with intestinal cancer may not experience any symptoms at all. This is why regular screening tests, such as colonoscopies, are important for detecting precancerous polyps or early stages of cancer before symptoms occur. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see your doctor for an evaluation.