New Zealand has one of the highest incidences of bowel cancer in the world. Each year about 3,000 people are diagnosed with the disease and more than 1,200 will die.
John almost found out the hard way:
Lucky I checked with my doctor. I had no obvious symptoms but had my regular screening and found the cancer early enough to stop it.
Remember – While bowel cancer is more common in the 50 years + age group, bowel cancer affects people of all ages.
If you have symptoms of concern, do not accept ‘you’re too young to have bowel cancer’ as an explanation for your symptoms – ask your GP to be referred for further investigations.
Remember – if you are still concerned, you can seek a second opinion from another doctor.