Don’t bury your head

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Hamish Macleod from Wick in Caith­ness is urg­ing peo­ple to not ig­nore screen­ing in­vi­ta­tions af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with bowel can­cer in Jan­uary 2015.

The 66-year-old father of two has al­ways com­pleted his bowel screen­ing test and is thank­ful it picked up the dis­ease early. Hamish showed no signs of bowel can­cer so is urg­ing oth­ers to com­plete the test even if they feel well.

Hamish ex­plained:“I did the test and re­turned it as nor­mal and didn’t think any more of it. I had no symp­toms and was feel­ing great, work­ing away as nor­mal.

“A few weeks later I re­ceived a let­ter ask­ing me to re-do the screen­ing test.

“Since be­ing di­ag­nosed I have spo­ken to a num­ber of peo­ple who haven’t done the test. I don’t un­der­stand peo­ple’s eluc­tance. It costs noth­ing yet is a life-saver.”

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