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sujabi said on 13 July 2010

I had been experiencing irregular bowel movements (I am 82) and had been to two doctors (I live in Jersey and UK). I said that the discharges had been frequent and mucus. No pain at all presented. Stools were taken in both case. I doubted the findings and browsed nhsdierct symptoms for bowel cancer. They were so relevant I requested colonoscpy. The results found a cancer (Dukes B) in the lower bowel which was excised - a reversal of my ileostomy is due shortly. On enquiring how long I must have had this tumour I was told - about 7 years! I feel somewhat aggrieved that we are told so much about prostate, strokes, smoking, drinking etc but nothing, until recently, about bowel cancer - the third most dangerous form. Had I had an examination ten years ago I might only have had some polyps to excise.