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Why feeling thirsty can be a sign you have a terminal illness

Thirst is common, it can mean a number of things.

It can simply mean you need a little more fluid, or it can be a warning sign that something more sinister is wrong.

Excessive thirst can be a sign of advanced colon cancer

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Excessive thirst can be a sign of advanced colon cancerPhoto credit: Getty

If you have recently noticed that you cannot quench your thirst, you should tell your doctor.

They will most likely suggest a diabetes test first, as it is a common symptom of the disease.

But if that comes back as clear and you still feel like you have a problem, it’s time for a deeper dive.

While you shouldn’t always get cancer right away, constantly feeling thirsty could be a sign of advanced bowel disease.

Unfortunately, colorectal cancer is a slow-moving disease and often doesn’t show obvious symptoms until late.

But as with all diseases, the sooner you catch it, the better chance you have of treating it properly.

Late-stage colorectal cancer tends to cause more than one symptom, such as B. pain, fatigue, decreased appetite, weight loss.

When the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, such as bone tissue, it can cause hypercalcemia.

This is when calcium from damaged bones is released into the blood and can lead to thirst, according to Cancer Research UK.

Other symptoms include nausea, constipation, confusion, irritability, and fatigue.

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer and the second deadliest in the UK.

It’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and Bowel Cancer UK wants to make sure Brits are aware of the warning signs.

The five main symptoms of people diagnosed with it are blood in the stool, a Change in bowel habitsStomach pain, weight loss and unexplained tiredness.

Knowing the main symptoms and seeing your GP when you have any of them or when things don’t feel right can increase the chances of an early diagnosis.

dr Philippa Kaye, GP, author and colorectal cancer patient added: “As a GP and as a colorectal cancer patient, I fully understand that it can be daunting to visit your GP with symptoms.

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“However, it is so important that you make an appointment as early as possible – please do not be ashamed, do not ignore symptoms and do not reschedule.

“As GPs we’re used to seeing a lot of people with gut issues and if you’re worried something is wrong we want to see you. Early diagnosis could save your life.”

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