How can I tell if I have colon cancer?

This question was asked in Irvine, California on 02/22/2012.
As I get older I am becoming more and more concerned with the risks of colon cancer. How will I be able to tell whether or not I have colon cancer? Are there any steps that most gastroenterologists recommend?

Doctors Answers (1)

Shahram Javaheri, M.D.
Answered on: 1/16/2012

Typically you will experience no colon cancer symptoms. Because of this fact, it is extremely important that you get regular colonoscopies starting at 50 years of age. There may also be change in stool caliber, iron deficiency, constipation, anemia, or change in bowel habits.