Bower cancer is the second-biggest killer cancer in the UK, but so many people could have a better chance of survival if we find it early.
“I’m so glad I found it early. I’m now cancer-free, but I shudder to think what could have happened if I’d found it later”, says Ted, 66.
Every year, as many as nearly 42,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with bowel cancer. Ted, 66, already knew it was something to look our for, as he’d seen family members suffer and die from bowel cancer.
“I’ve always know it could happen to me too, so I suppose I’ve been more conscious of any possible symptoms than others might be,” he explains.
That’s why, as he got himself checked as soon as he noticed some symptoms that could be down to bowel cancer. Getting checked is easier than ever, with companies like Let’s Get Checked offering easy-to-use at home tests that provide results in as little as two days.
“When I got the news that I had it, it was of course, horrific. You spend all your life worrying about silly things, but then you find yourself in a life-or-death situation. It was a wake up call for me.
“But as soon as I met my doctor and he went through the treatment options with me, I was comforted by the fact that it was found so early. Because it hadn’t spread, the treatment was quick and thankfully, it worked, which is why I’m still here.
“I’ve now been given a clean bill of health and I put it down to finding it so early. I’m so thankful, because I know it could have gone differently.
“That’s why I’m urging anyone who is even slightly worried, to get tested. It really could be the difference between life or death, take it from me” urges Ted.
Bowel cancer is often symptom-less and can be fatal if diagnosed late. If there are symptoms, they can include:
• Bleeding from your anus
• Blood in your stool
• Feeling tired all the time
• Persistent diarrhoea or constipation
• Softer, looser stool
• Unexplained weight loss
• Dizziness or shortness of breath
• Persistent pain in your stomach
According to expert Dr Dominic Rowley, most people find it embarrassing to see their GP, and are frustrated by the waiting times. That’s why more and more people are turning to self-testing kits, which have became a huge help in diagnosing bowel cancer early. “There’s been a big drive in self-testing kits that people can use in the privacy of their own homes. It takes away that embarrassment factor” says Dr Rowley.
Self-testing kits are easy to use and leading provider, LetsGetChecked, offers a test for just £49, with results processed in the same labs as hospitals and primary care providers.
As soon as you receive your test kit, just collect your sample and return it in the pre-paid envelope on the same day, and you’ll get your results in as little as two days.
What’s even better is that a member of LetsGetChecked’s clinical team will give you a call to discuss your results, and offer advice on lifestyle changes or treatment options.
If you’re worried about bowel cancer, don’t waste time – get tested now.
“It could save your life”, says Ted.