Bowel screening was a lifesaver for Wishaw dad
Now Malcolm urges others to take test when they receive it
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