A Bedfordshire woman who has terminal bowel cancer is supporting a new awareness campaign.
Gail Allen from Arlesey is backing the Bowel Cancer UK charity, which wants GPs to have more flexibility to send people for tests, particularly colonoscopys.
Gail, 54, went to her GP repeatedly with abdominal pain, but didn't have a colonoscopy for over a year. Her cancer spread to her liver and lungs and she will never know if an earlier diagnosis could have saved her life.
Bowel Cancer UK wants more people to be sent for colonoscopys, which are the most accurate way of identifying bowel cancer.
Information about bowel cancer
- Bowel Cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK
- It kills more than 16,000 people every year
- 9 out of 10 people will survive if it's diagnosed early, but the survival rate drops significantly with later diagnosis.
For more information, visit the Bowel Cancer UK website.