Mercy Surgical Oncologist Dr. Kurtis Campbell Discusses Subtle Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer

February 28, 2022


Colon cancer signs for women and men should not be ignored.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 140,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year in America.

Rectal bleeding is the most obvious colon cancer symptom, but there are other, more subtle signs, like learning you're anemic. It may be the first sign that you're bleeding internally.

Other signs are you can't catch your breath, you feel bloated or crampy and you have severe constipation.

According to Kurtis A. Campbell, M.D., a Board Certified surgical oncologist of Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center, the most important thing anyone can do is to get screened.

"The state-of-the-art guidelines speak toward your initial index screening colonoscopy occurring when you are aged 45. Even sooner, should you be someone who is a high risk," Dr. Campbell said.

Dr. Campbell added that it is important to stop smoking, drink in moderation or not at all, avoid processed meats and red meat, exercise and maintain a good weight.

View Mercy surgical oncologist Dr. Kurtis Campbell’s interview regarding symptoms of colorectal cancer.

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Founded in 1874 in Downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed, acute care, university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a high-performing Maryland hospital (U.S. News & World Report); has achieved an overall 5-Star quality, safety, and patient experience rating (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); is A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade); and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet™ hospital. Mercy Health Services is a not-for-profit health system and the parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Personal Physicians.

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