I am taking part in Decembeard as it is something close to my heart.
My father passed away from bowel cancer in 1978, at the age of 75.
My daughter Julie was diagnosed in 2012, at the age of 40.
I have also had nieces and nephews who have been diagnosed.
I receive the 'poo tests' in the mail and I have regular colonoscopies.
Given our family history I like to be on top of things and get checked on a regular basis.
Thank God for modern medicine and the health professionals who are striving to find a cure for this dreaded disease.
It may have been too late for my own father but early detection can save the lives of my own children and grandchildren.