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Cancer is tough to spot. Knowing the symptoms can save your life.

Research shows that more Delawareans under age 50 are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer. And in the U.S., 86 percent were found to have an advanced stage of this disease. [1] Because of their age, younger patients who have symptoms are often misdiagnosed initially. Don’t ignore the signs.

Some symptoms of colon cancer are:

  • Unexplained, persistent rectal bleeding
  • Blood in stool
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Abdominal pain or aches
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Constantly feeling the need to move bowels

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your health care provider today.

Schedule a screening today. Talk to your health care provider. Or have a nurse navigator schedule a cancer screening for you. If you’re uninsured or underinsured, Delaware’s Screening for Life makes it possible to get the screenings you need, when you need them. Find out if you’re eligible for a FREE screening.

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you’re already dealing with so much. Our team of Cancer Care Coordinators can help you and your family with resources and information related to your cancer diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up. The Delaware Cancer Treatment Program may even be able to help pay for the treatments that you need.


[1] Why Is Colorectal Cancer Targeting the Young? Cynthia J. Gordon, PhD, www.medscape.com/viewarticle/857294

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