Daniel Derry, from Cotswolds, had his life turned upside down after seeing his GP about minor symptoms. Despite cancer being deadly, the condition is often reluctant to rear its ugly head. Daniel, who was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer, knows this far too well.
“My wife wasn’t too impressed with this and urged me to register with a new GP.
“[The new doctor] gave me suppositories, which didn’t work. And by this point, I started noticing a small amount of blood in my poo.
“I wasn’t too concerned as I thought it was piles but I went back to the GP and this time they referred me for a colonoscopy.”
Blood in your stool – no matter the volume – is considered one of the most common signs of bowel cancer.
The surgery was followed by four cycles of chemotherapy to ensure all cancer cells would be eradicated.
Daniel added: “I spoke to the consultant about my lack of symptoms, and he mentioned that people rarely show symptoms until it’s at a later stage.
“Because my tumour was so low down, I noticed some blood quite early on but if it was higher up in the colon, it would’ve taken a much longer time for me to notice any symptoms.”
Fortunately, Daniel’s treatment was a success and now he gets to “enjoy being married” and building a family.