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Rectal Cancer Symptoms

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Rectal cancer often does not have symptoms in the early stages. When it does have symptoms, they vary from person to person. Most rectal cancers begin as polyps, small non-cancerous growths on the rectum wall that can grow larger and become cancer.

Symptoms of rectal cancer may include:

Rectal bleeding
Blood in the stool or toilet after a bowel movement
Diarrhea or constipation that does not go away
A change in size or shape of your stool
Discomfort or urge to have a bowel movement when there is no need
Abdominal pain or a cramping pain in your lower stomach
Bloating or full feeling
Change in appetite
Weight loss without dieting

These symptoms do not always mean you have rectal cancer. But if you notice one or more of these signs for more than two weeks, see your doctor.

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