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Colon Cancer Back Pain
Needs to be Managed

Colon cancer back pain is one of the more serious abdominal causes of back pain. Understanding your risk factors for colon cancer and knowing the signs and symptoms can help you know when to be concerned about your back pain. Back pain can also be caused by constipation, appendicitis and ulcerative colitis.

"can be effectively treated"

Colon cancer is a very serious disease that has few symptoms in its early stages. Back pain is not a common symptom of colon cancer but it does occur. In the beginning back pain can be effectively treated with conservative back pain treatments. In more advanced disease strong narcotic pain medication may be required.

In its more advanced stages colon cancer can cause back pain by direct pressure, or by causing constipation which in turn causes back pain. Back pain and constipation that is relieved by a bowel movement needs to be investigated.

Colon cancer may also cause back pain by spreading metastatic disease to the bones of the spine, or by direct invasion of the spine by the tumor.

Risk factors or things that increase your risk of colon cancer include:

  • Being over the age of 50
  • History of ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease
  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • African American or Ashkenazi Jewish descent

Lifestyle or modifiable risk factors include:

  • Diets high in red meats and/or processed meats
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Type 2 diabetes

Changing your lifestyle and altering your modifiable risk factors can reduce your risk of colon cancer and colon cancer back pain.

Symptoms of colon cancer such include:

  • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stools
  • Narrower than usual stools
  • Anemia
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you are having any of these symptoms you must get into see your doctor immediately.

If you are over 50 years of age you should have a colonoscopy, and The American Cancer Society recommends screening for colon cancer every 5 years. 

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