What are the Symptoms and Signs of Colorectal Cancer | CTCA
Top of the page Check Your Symptoms. Rectal problems are common. Almost everyone will experience some rectal itching, pain, or bleeding at some time during his or her life. These problems are often minor and may go away on their own or with home treatment. Rectal itching pruritus is usually not a sign of a serious disease. At first, the skin of the anal area may appear red. Itching and scratching may make the skin become thickened and white.
Colorectal cancer symptoms
The symptoms of colorectal cancer may not develop until the disease has progressed into stage II or beyond. Talk with your doctor about when you should start regular colorectal cancer screening. Several tests may be used to diagnose colorectal cancer. In many cases, a biopsy may be required.
Anal pain can occur before, during, or after a bowel movement. It can range from a mild ache that can get worse over time to pain that is bad enough to restrict daily activities. Anal pain has many causes, most of which are common and treatable. However, if anal pain does not go away within 24 to 48 hours, it is important to see your physician. If fever is present with anal pain, a more urgent appointment is needed.