3) Abdominal Pain and Cramps
The majority of people experience abdominal pain and cramps at some point. Like many other symptoms, it may seem minor as it commonly develops as a result of non-threatening conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and hemorrhoids. However, the pain can raise concerns when it becomes chronic and won’t get better with over the counter drugs.
Depending on the location of cancer, this pain can be localized in specific abdominal part areas as in the flanks, below and above the navel or in the pelvic area. As the disease progresses, the pain would start getting worse, diffuse through the abdomen and may radiate towards other parts of the body. The abdominal cramping in colon cancer is due to irritation of local nerve supply due to the size of the growing tumor.