Symptoms and signs in patients with colorectal cancer

Colorectal Dis. 2011 Jan;13(1):17-25. doi: 10.1111/j.1463-1318.2010.02221.x.


The symptoms and signs of colorectal cancer vary from the general population to primary care and in the referred population to secondary care. This review aims to address the diverse symptoms, signs and combinations with relevance to colorectal cancer at various points in the diagnostic pathway and tries to shed light on this complex and confusing area. A move towards a lower threshold for referral and increased use of diagnostics might be a more reliable option for early diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Mass Screening
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prevalence
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Survival Analysis
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology