The most common symptom of colorectal cancer is rectal bleeding, though symptoms typically do not begin to show up until the disease is in its more advanced stages.

According to the American Cancer Society, most colorectal cancers begin as small growths forming on the inside of the colon, also called polyps. Though polyps are typically benign initially, they have the potential to become malignant over time. These polyps are usually what causes the bleeding in the rectum, and can also effectively obstruct intestinal movement. If blood is discovered either from the rectum or in the stool, your doctor will likely want to conduct tests to screen for colorectal cancer.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with colon and rectal cancer in Georgia and feel it was detected late due to an error on behalf of your doctor, please request a copy of our free book, I Have Cancer…Should It Have Been Caught Earlier?, and call an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice and colorectal cancer lawyer at the Dover Law Firm at 770-518-1133 to schedule a free consultation.