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Colon Cancer (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Any of the following symptoms warrants an immediate visit to your health care provider:

  • Bright red blood on the toilet paper, in the toilet bowl, or in your stool when you have a bowel movement
  • Change in the character or frequency of your bowel movements
  • Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement
  • Unexplained or persistent abdominal pain or distension
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained, persistent nausea or vomiting

Any of the following symptoms warrants a visit to the nearest hospital emergency department:

  • Copious bleeding from your rectum
  • Unexplained severe pain in your belly or pelvis (groin area)
  • Vomiting and inability to keep fluids down
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/21/2014
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