Colon cancer has became more common and is killing more prominent Zimbabweans.

Colon cancer occurs when a tumor grows in the colon blocking or obstructing one from passing stool. The tumor can be on the right side or on the left side.

Here are the top 10 signs of colon cancer you should not ignore :

1. Constipation

Consitipation and regular use of laxatives use has been found to be linked to colon cancer.

2. Diarrhea

If you suffer from diarrhea for more than a few weeks, this could be a sign of colon cancer.

3. Blood in the stools

If you notice dark red and brown blood in your stool, this could be a sign of bowel, rectal or colon cancer. Bleeding can also be caused by a stomach ulcer or piles, but blood from these two diseases is red in color.

4. Constant feeling of a bowel movement

If you have a constant feeling of bowel movement but no stool is passed despite straining, this could be a sign of colon cancer, this feeling can occur even after you have just passed a stool.

5. Narrow Stools

Narrow, long stools are a sign of colon cancer which indicates that a tumor is obstructing the left side of the colon.

6. Tender abdomen or abdominal pain

If your lower abdomen feels tender or painful when touched, this could be a sign of colon cancer. This can also show that the cancer has started spreading to other organs.

7. Unexplained aneamia.

Pale skin, a fast and regular heartbeat and shortness of breath may be due to colon cancer on the right side of the colon causes iron deficiency.

8. Unexplained weight loss

If you are above 50 and you are rapidly losing weight for unexplained reasons, it’s a cause of concern. Sudden, unexplainable weight loss can be an indication of a serious health problem, including colon cancer.

9. Fatigue

If you feel tired all the time, do not take this for granted. Right side colon cancer can cause iron deficiency which causes lack of  oxygen resulting fatigue.

10. Gas and Bloating

If you have constant gas and bloating, this can be a sign of a tumor growing in the colon.

Preventing Colon Cancer 

1. Eat a lot of fresh fruits, whole grains and vegetables

2.Avoid drinking alcohol

3. Stop smoking

4. Excersizw regularly for at least 30 minutes a day

5. If you are overweight, take steps to lose weight gradually

6. Screen annually for colon  and other cancers