What are the common symptoms of Intestine cancer?
- Blood in motions (either bright red or very dark in colour)
- Mucus in motions
- Diarrhoea, constipation or feeling that the intestine does not empty completely, particularly if this is a change from normal habits
- General discomfort in the abdomen (feelings of bloating, fullness and/or cramps)
- Constant tiredness, weakness and paleness.
If you have not been diagnosed with intestine cancer and are just looking through this site, please be aware that many of these symptoms occur without any serious disease being present.
However, if you have any of the symptoms for more than two weeks, see your doctor for a check-up. A faecal occult blood test (FOBT, a test to examine for small quantities of blood in stools) is available to test for early signs of Intestine cancer. People aged 50 with no symptoms or family history should do a FOBT every two years.
This test is only a screening test to detect any source of bleeding from some part of the intestine and not a confirmatory test. Colorectal cancer can be one of the underlying causes of such a bleeding. Your doctor will give you more information on what you could have for which the test is positive.