Bowel screen­ing was a lifesaver for Wishaw dad

Now Mal­colm urges oth­ers to take test when they re­ceive it

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Tem­lett

A Wishaw dad is urg­ing oth­ers to take up the of­fer of the free bowel screen­ing test af­ter his pack picked up his cancer.

Mal­colm Macdon­ald was di­ag­nosed with bowel cancer ear­lier this year af­ter ini­tially ig­nor­ing the screen­ing test three times.

When the Wishaw man was di­ag­nosed last Christ­mas he was left dev­as­tated and now wants oth­ers not to ig­nore the pack when it comes through their let­ter­box.

Mal­colm said: “Last year, I be­gan to get con­cerned about a change to my bowel mo­tions.

“It got to the stage where it was af­fect­ing my qual­ity of life. How­ever, there was no blood in my stool and there was noth­ing else that was caus­ing me con­cern.

“When I re­ceived my bowel screen­ing test through the post, I de­cided to com­plete the test and post it off.

“I am not nor­mally a silly per­son. How­ever, I re­ceived that screen­ing test three times and didn’t even con­sider do­ing it.

“I went for my first scope six days be­fore Christ­mas last year. I went to the ap­point­ment by my­self as I wasn’t ex­pect­ing bad news.

“They took sam­ples and I was ad­vised that there was a chance the re­sults would say that I had cancer.

“When I came home I was cry­ing like a baby. This was meant to be a time for cel­e­brat­ing – we had the fam­ily com­ing round for Christ­mas din­ner and we had plans for Hog­manay.

“Maybe my cancer would have been picked up ear­lier if I hadn’t missed those tests.”

Bowel cancer is more com­mon in those aged 50 and over, but nine out of ten peo­ple sur­vive bowel cancer if it’s caught early and Mal­colm is now re­turn­ing to his ‘nor­mal life’ af­ter surgery and chemo­ther­apy.

He added: “Since my first scope, the care and com­pas­sion shown by the staff was un­be­liev­able. I have com­plete con­fi­dence in the bowel screen­ing ser­vice and the staff in­volved in my care. They are all fan­tas­tic.”

Dr Jennifer Darn­bor­ough, con­sul­tant in pub­lic health medicine at NHS La­nark­shire, said: “Although many peo­ple don’t like the idea of do­ing a bowel screen­ing test, it’s def­i­nitely the best way to catch bowel cancer early as it can pick up cancer be­fore it causes any symp­toms.

“Bowel cancer is Scot­land’s third most com­mon cancer and al­most 500 peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with it ev­ery year in La­nark­shire.

“The great news is that, if it’s found early, nine out of ten peo­ple will beat it.”

It’s the best way to catch bowel cancer early

Vi­tal Mal­colm is urg­ing res­i­dents to take test

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