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It was bowel cancer, not IBS

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Unfortunately, in 2011, Holly developed stomach cramps and constipation and less than two years later, she died in February 2013 from bowel cancer that had spread to her lungs, bones and liver.

There seems to be no reason why Holly died of cancer as she was fit, healthy and there was no family history of the disease. 

"Bowel cancer is traditionally associated with old age, with nearly 75 per cent of cases affecting those aged over 65.  But over the past decade, the number of cases in those aged under 30 has shot up by an alarming 120 per cent."

The most common symptoms of bowel cancer are:

-- Blood in your stools (faeces);

-- A change in your regular bowel habits, e.g. constipation or diarrhoea, that's severe or lasts for two weeks or more

-- Unexplained weight loss.

-- Stomach pain or discomfort that lasts for two weeks or more

-- Persistent pain in the back passage or anus

Please (regardless of age) do not ignore any persistent IBS symptoms.  Bowel cancer if diagnosed in its early stages, in 90% of cases can be treated successfully and a complete cure is a realistic possibility

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Ellen Browne-Marke


Clinical negligence team

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