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  • Often no symptoms
  • Abdominal pain (usually in the lower left side)
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding (rare)
  • Urgency to have a bowel movement (rare)

Possible Causes:

  • Weakened or thinning areas of the colon wall
  • Increased pressure in the colon (from constipation or straining during bowel movements)
  • Aging
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking
  • Certain medications (e.g. opioids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Low-fiber diet (which can lead to constipation)

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