And in a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, further research was conducted on tenesmus as a marker of bowel cancer.The study indicated that “abdominal pain in colorectal cancer is not specific, and it may be cramping in nature if the lesion causes partial obstruction. Otherwise, it could be just local or general pain.”
She added: “Feeling the need to defecate without having a bowel movement, or pain when defecating or sciatica, could be symptoms of rectal cancer.”
What is tenes?Tenesmith is associated with rectal cramping, and when a person suffers from it, they may struggle to produce only a small amount of stool during bowel movements.
It is important to note that tenesmus can be a sign of many health problems, so it is always best to discuss the possible cause of this pain with your GP.
Medical News Today lists other possible causes of tenesmus, which include:
Colon infection, which can be caused by living things, such as bacteria or viruses.
Ischemic colitis, which is an inflammation of the colon due to reduced blood flow to that area.
Inflammation of the colon due to radiation.
• Abnormal movement of food or waste products in the digestive system.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
• rectal abscess.
And the Bowel Cancer UK charity has warned that excessive fatigue may also be caused by bowel cancer. The disease was linked to iron deficiency, which later leads to anemia.
Symptoms of anemia include feeling very tired, and it may make the skin look paler than usual.
You should consider talking to a doctor if your tiredness seems worse than usual and has continued for at least three weeks.
But just because you notice a slight change in your bowel habit, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have bowel cancer. Your doctor will assess whether you are at risk of developing the disease by asking about your symptoms and whether you have a family history of bowel cancer.