A “super-fit” 35-year-old girl instructed by her GP that blood in her stools was attributable to piles later discovered she had bowel cancer.
After eight months “back and forth” to the surgical procedure Beth Hewitt was referred to a advisor, who found a tumour.
Mrs Hewitt said GPs instructed her: “You’re too young for anything like cancer.”
The mother-of-two, from Hereford, had surgical procedure to take away the tumour in April and is urging individuals to get signs checked.
More than 2,500 individuals underneath 50 are identified with bowel cancer within the UK yearly, based on charity Bowel Cancer UK.
After noticing blood in her stools in the summertime of 2018, Mrs Hewitt was first prescribed cream for haemorrhoids.
“It was persistent, it would stop for about a week and then after a week it would carry on again,” she said.
Despite having no different signs related to bowel cancer, as time handed the occupational therapist grew to become fearful the blood was an indicator of one thing extra critical.
“I think I went back to (my GP) about five or six times… they were just saying, ‘no you’re too young for anything like cancer’,” said Mrs Hewitt.
“I’d think ‘they’re going to think I’m a bit mad because I’m worrying about nothing’,” she added.
After securing a non-public referral Mrs Hewitt had a colonoscopy and scans to verify the analysis, one thing she described as “a relief”.
About 18cm (7ins) of her bowel was eliminated throughout surgical procedure and additional investigations revealed no additional therapy was required, she said.
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A short lived stoma bag, which is because of be eliminated on Friday, has not stopped her returning to the fitness center day by day for “burpees and box jumps”.
“I would urge anybody if they’re having any kind of symptoms to be going to your GP and not accepting no,” said Mrs Hewitt.
Hereford Medical Group, which runs two of the surgical procedures visited by Mrs Hewitt, said it was unable to touch upon particular person circumstances regarding sufferers, however hoped the story would “increase awareness”.
“If any patient has concerns about an initial diagnosis or if symptoms persist, return following treatment, or change, we would urge them to contact their GP to arrange a further appointment,” a spokesperson added.
Bowel Cancer UK additionally suggested individuals with signs to go to their GP early.
“Your doctor sees people with bowel concerns every day so there is nothing to be embarrassed about. It could save your life,” said a spokesperson.
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