Nagging wife saved my life

GREAT-GRANDDAD John Considine said his wife's nagging for him to do a home test for bowel cancer saved his life.

The 66-year-old, of North Byland, Illingworth, Halifax, had, for weeks, ignored an NHS bowel screening test kit after it arrived in the post.

Despite receiving reminder letters, it was his wife Nancy who eventually insisted he complete the kit and send it back.

His test revealed some abnormalities and further investigation found cancerous cells in one of three polyps.

Mr Considine, who has five children, 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild, said: "My lovely wife has been naggig me for 45 years - and this time it saved my life."

The retired caretaker had an operation to remove the polyps and has since been given the all-clear.

He has backed Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust's drive to persuade people to take part in the Bowel Cancer Screening Programmer, as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Week this week.

Testing kits are sent out through the post to everyone aged 60-69 every two years.

But currently only about 56 per cent of people in Halifax are sending samples back to the screening programme.

Of those tested, 11 per cent have had a cancer detected.

Mr Considine said: "If I'd waited much longer I think I would have been in a bad state. I would never have known about it.

"I would definitely urge people to do it. "I have a future to look forward to thanks to Nancy and all the staff at the hospital who have been brilliant."

Clinical Director Dr Ashwin Verma added: "Bowel cancer, if picked up early, is regularly curable. The minimal effort to do this test is potentially life-saving allowing people to spend a long and healthy life with their families."

Two information stands highlighting symptoms and treatments will be in the receptions at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital throughout this week.

Have you been affected by bowel cancer? Email joanna.wardill@halifaxcourier.co.uk