When Kevin and Kay Small experienced identical symptoms at the same time, they both thought that they had eaten too many oysters on holiday.

It was because of their GP who pushed for them to receive colonoscopies, after their symptoms, including extremely low iron levels, did not fit official criteria for an urgent or semi-urgent colonoscopy, that they both discovered that they each had a tumour to be removed and were operated on shortly after the diagnosis.

Thankfully neither have them have required chemotherapy, and credits their “marvellous” GP, Dr Paul Bennett, for pressing their case.

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