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Rectal Cancer Symptoms

Common symptoms of rectal cancer may include:1

  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Feeling your bowel does not empty completely
  • Blood (either bright red or very dark) in your stool
  • Stools are narrower than usual
  • Frequent gas pains or cramps
  • Feeling full or bloated
  • Losing weight with no known reason
  • Constant fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting

These symptoms may not be caused by cancer. Other health problems can also cause the same symptoms. It is important to see a doctor if you are having any symptoms.

PN 1002269 Rev A 04/2013


  1. General information about rectal cancer. National Cancer Institute. From: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/rectal/Patient/page1#Keypoint3

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