I am living testimony to the fact that the most common symptom of colon cancer is no symptom. At the age of 65, after having polyps removed over a ten-year span and knowing that my family has a history of various cancers, I was scheduled to have a routine colonoscopy as a three-year follow up. This routine procedure turned up something not quite so routine: early cecal carcinoma, or cancer in the cecum area of the colon.
Had I not gone for screening, my Stage I colon cancer would have gone undetected. However, because of early detection, I am surgically "cured" and require no further adjuvant therapy.
I have all the blessings that you can count. In fact, just getting up to shave in the morning is a special experience these days. Life is good.
I urge you to check for a family history of cancer. Ask questions of relatives. Get a medical check-up. Above all, without fail, have a colonoscopy by the age of 50.