I was diagnosed in October 2015, at the age of 33. In the space of 2 weeks I had a colonoscopy, then CT and MRI scans, which resulted in a clinical diagnosis of Stage 3 Rectal Cancer, due to some lymph nodes appearing to be ‘involved’ on the scans.
I had been experiencing a variety of symptoms in the months leading up to my diagnosis, but the main one was rectal bleeding. I saw my GP who gave me a referral on the spot to a colorectal surgeon, as well as some advice about dietary changes which could have been the cause.
Unfortunately for me, those symptoms disappeared for a time, before returning and then disappearing, and could always be put down to something else. It wasn’t until the bleeding got worse and wouldn’t go away that I attended on that referral. I also felt tired and noticed that I had lost some weight and a blood test revealed that my iron levels were extremely low.