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23-05-2019, 11:48 AM
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A good article here on how to detect bowel cancer that gives the facts on what to look out for but not in a condescending way.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/health-4...f-bowel-cancer
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23-05-2019, 12:07 PM
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Thanks Judd, that lady turned something we all get embarrassed about, into an every day conversation.

These days, if you catch cancer early there is a very good chance of survival, and I hope many more people will learn to talk about it. If we are told the early symptoms, of many different types of cancer, it will save lives!
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23-05-2019, 12:53 PM
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Mine was caught early - hence I'm still around to annoy you all....

I went to the docs immediately at the first sign of it in 2012. Sod any worry about being embarrassed......
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23-05-2019, 01:37 PM
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I'm amazed that her blood tests were ok, that doesn't make any sense to me because if you've got a large cancerous tumour steadily bleeding the life out of you (as mine was), then your feeling of extreme fatigue will surely be due to severe anaemia.

Mine's a long story, and lucky for me it had a happy ending, but it took 6 months and three major misdiagnoses before the large cancerous tumour was eventually discovered.

My guardian angel was certainly on overtime that year!!

But it's the debilitating fatigue that is possibly the giveaway in many cases, never ignore it!
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23-05-2019, 03:07 PM
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My late sister had no symptoms, only the poo test showed blood, she'd had a colonoscopy the year before which showed nothing. The poo test saved her life, well for a few years it did, lots of chemo and all sorts of treatments, sadly none worked as it spread.
My late BIL had no symptoms, one day he had a severe bloated feeling, next he was in hospital dying.
Mum did have diarroeah and blood, she lived over 10 years afterwards with a colostomy.

I get checked regularly, due for colonoscopy soon.

The symptoms can vary so much.
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23-05-2019, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by TessA ->
My late sister had no symptoms, only the poo test showed blood, she'd had a colonoscopy the year before which showed nothing. The poo test saved her life, well for a few years it did, lots of chemo and all sorts of treatments, sadly none worked as it spread.
My late BIL had no symptoms, one day he had a severe bloated feeling, next he was in hospital dying.
Mum did have diarroeah and blood, she lived over 10 years afterwards with a colostomy.

I get checked regularly, due for colonoscopy soon.

The symptoms can vary so much.
I so agree...every one is different.

Oh the joy of a colonoscopy!!!
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23-05-2019, 03:23 PM
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I so agree...every one is different.

Oh the joy of a colonoscopy!!!
It's the laxatives that are the worst bit!
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23-05-2019, 03:25 PM
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It's the laxatives that are the worst bit!
Once they kick in, never be downstairs if the loo is upstairs!
Every second counts!!!
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Once they kick in, never be downstairs if the loo is upstairs!
Every second counts!!!
Ha! Bungalow here!
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23-05-2019, 03:44 PM
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I heard Deborah James talking on Womans Hour this week.

Last Monday was the second anniversary of the death of my niece's young husband to bowel cancer. She was left a widow with three sons .

Who would have thought the previous summer when they went on a family trip to the USA that M would be dead in less than a year. He thought the change of food while they were away caused constipation so didn't bother seeing a doctor for a while when they came home, by the time he saw a doctor and got a diagnosis it was too late.

Any change it bowel habits is certainly worth discussing with a doctor, better to be cautious than too late .
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