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Doctors said Herefordshire woman's bowel cancer was piles

Image copyright Beth Hewitt Image caption Beth Hewitt was eventually diagnosed with stage one bowel cancer and had the tumour removed in April A super-fit 35-year-old woman told by her GP that blood in her stools was caused by piles later found she had bowel cancer.

After eight months back and forth to the surgery Beth Hewitt was referred to a consultant, who discovered a tumour.Mrs Hewitt said GPs told her: Youre too young for anything like cancer.The mother-of-two, from Hereford, had surgery to remove the tumour in April and is urging people to get symptoms checked.

More than 2,500 people under 50 are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year, according to charity Bowel Cancer UK. Image copyright Beth Hewitt Image caption Mrs Hewitt attended fitness classes every day before her cancer diagnosis and is now back in the gym After noticing blood in her stools in the summer of 2018, Mrs Hewitt was first prescribed cream for haemorrhoids.

It was persistent, it would stop for about a week and then after a week it would carry on again, she said.Latest news from the West Midlands Despite having no other symptoms associated with bowel cancer, as time passed the occupational therapist became worried the blood was an indicator of something more serious.

I think I went back to (my GP) about five or six times... they were just saying, no youre too young for anything like cancer, said Mrs Hewitt.Id think theyre going to think Im a bit mad because Im worrying about nothing, she added. Image caption Mrs Hewitt wears a temporary stoma bag, which will be removed on Friday After securing a private referral Mrs Hewitt had a colonoscopy and scans to confirm the diagnosis, something she described as a relief.

About 18cm (7ins) of her bowel was removed during surgery and further investigations revealed no further treatment was required, she said.You may also be interested in: The homeless teen who studied by candlelightParamedic owes her life to cycling after PTSDGirl told she would never walk strolls to schoolA temporary stoma bag, which is due to be removed on Friday, has not stopped her returning to the gym every day for burpees and box jumps.

.I would urge anybody if theyre having any.....

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