Sure, living a hectic life can lead to extreme fatigue. But extreme tiredness that won’t let up isn’t normal. If your fatigue isn’t letting up and you have other symptoms, such as blood in your stool, consult a doctor.
Polyps or tumors associated with colon cancer may also change the consistency, shape, or frequency of bowel movements. For example, pencil thin poop happens when cancer obstructs the intestine. Constipation, diarrhea (that lasts more than 3 days), or feeling like you’re backed up, even after a bowel movement, are other possible signs of colorectal cancer, the Colon Cancer Coalition says.
A change in the size, shape, or color of a mole or other spot, as well as development of new spots, are common signs of skin cancer. See your doctor for a thorough exam and perhaps a biopsy. This is one time you don’t want to wait.
Occasional trouble swallowing is nothing to worry about. But when it happens often, especially with vomiting or weight loss, your doctor may want to check you for throat or stomach cancer.
Unexplained Weight Loss
According to the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, “The pain and discomfort caused by a tumor can lead to loss of appetite, which in turn results in weight loss. The unexplained weight loss can be a sign that a tumor is releasing chemicals that are increasing one’s metabolism.”