Clinical aspects

author/s: Dra. Dolores Maluenda Colomer

How can cancer be detected and what symptoms should you consult for with a physician?

    1. Loss of red blood mixed with faeces or dark blood.

    2. Alterations in the normal habit of defecating: development of constipation or diarrhoea.

    3. When no complete defecation is noted.

    4. Weight loss, tiredness, loss of appetite.

    5. Ferropenic anaemia (due to lack of iron).

    6. When the abdomen is painful and after a bowel movement or expulsion of gases, the pain disappears partially.

In these cases, you should see your physician for referral to a specialist.

If a person has one or more of these symptoms, could it be cancer?

No, as there are other diseases that can also present with the same symptoms.