Signs of Bowel Cancer in Women
The following are bowel cancer symptoms in women:
- Rectal bleeding, which is commonly experienced by women during the initial stage of cancer
- Unexplained weight loss due to the development of tumor that takes up energy and body fuel. This results in an increased burning of calories, thus sudden weight loss.
- A woman suffering from bowel cancer will notice sudden and unexplained changes in bowel movement such as unexplained diarrhea or constipation for over two weeks.
- Change in the consistency of the bowel movements
- Overall fatigue due to an increased number of calories being burnt everyday due to the tumor
- Anemia due to the unwanted blood discharge in the stools
- Illnesses related to digestive system problems such as nausea and vomiting
- Bloated stomach due to the blockage of the large intestine by the developing tumor
- Having gas in the stomach
- Muscle cramps in the lower abdomen area
- Paleness of the skin
- Pelvic inflammation
- Rectal pain
Bowel Cancer Treatment of Old or Young Women
- Minor surgical procedure called polypectomy. This is done by removing the polyps from the affected areas during colonoscopy. This minor operation is only applicable if the cancer is at its early stage.
- Major surgical procedure called bowel resection. This is advisable if the cancer was detected at an advanced stage. This is done by removing the colon area where the cancer cells were found then the unaffected area will be rejoined.
- Radiation therapy