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Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States in both men and women. Several key factors can increase your risk of developing this type of cancer, including old age (50+), a family history of colorectal cancer, as well as a moderate to high consumption of red meat or processed foods. Hereditary can play a role in the risk of developing colon cancer, but less than five percent of all cases have a genetic component. It's vital to diagnose colorectal cancer early to prevent spreading to other parts of the body. Here are the top 10 symptoms of colorectal cancer.

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1. Constipation

Now and then, we all experience difficulty excreting stool. One of the most critical symptoms of colon cancer is constipation which lasts longer than four weeks. Constipation can make you feel full, but at the same time, it's difficult to have a bowel movement. If you experience constipation on a frequent basis, you may have colorectal cancer. Blocked bowels can occur for many reasons. If your colon and intestines become obstructed, it may be difficult to have a bowel movement. Constipation may occur if you don't drink enough water. If you find yourself constipated for more than a month, report it to your doctor to make a rapid diagnosis.

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