Monday, 20 May 2013

Mum of two raises awareness of bowel cancer in the under 50s

Rcahel Bown

A HOLMER Green mum who was diagnosed with bowel cancer aged 45 has called for better diagnosis in younger patients and for people to be less embarrassed talking about their symptoms.

Rachel Bown, now 47, was unaware of the symptoms of bowel cancer and found it difficult to get a diagnosis from a doctor.

It wasn't until her third visit- almost a year later after she first experienced symptoms- that she was diagnosed by a locum doctor who questioned her thoroughly.

She received treatment and is now in remission.

A new report from Bowel Cancer UK has shown that Rachel is not the only one as it revealed a shocking picture of delayed diagnosis, failures in screening, feelings of isolation and loneliness, as well as unmet support needs amongst younger bowel cancer patients.

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