The following are signs and symptoms associated with colorectal cancer. Please note that at early stages of the disease most people do not exhibit any signs or symptoms. For this reason, screening is extremely important.
- Unexplained weight loss
- Bleeding from your rectum or blood in your stool
- Nagging abdominal discomfort
- Changes in your bowel habits, including constipation and/or diarrhea
- Dark colored or black stool
Many people don’t take necessary screening measures. Here is a map showing the percentage of adults – 50 years and up – who responded to a survey and indicated that they were “up-to-date” with colorectal cancer screening.
Light blue (54.1 to 59.2)
Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming
Medium Blue (59.3 to 63.5)
Alabama, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Tennessee
Royal Blue (63.6 to 68.9)
Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin
Dark Blue (69.0 to 75.2)
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington
*“Up-to-date” means having a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) within one year, a sigmoidoscopy within five years and a FOBT within three years, or a colonoscopy within 10 years.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010.