Mum’s plea after battle with cancer

Julie Swallow in happier times at her wedding
Julie Swallow in happier times at her wedding

A mum of two who was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 29 is battling her third tumour.

But Julie who lives with husband Chris and two children Jessica, 15, and Adam, ten, is urging people to visit their GP and has joined the ‘Never Too Young’ campaign by Beating Bowel Cancer UK to raise awareness.

The 34-year-old said the number of people with bowel cancer under the age of 50 is slowly rising which is why the campaign has launched. She said it was often a cancer that was mis-diagnosed which for some people meant that it was terminal when correctly diagnosed.

Julie went to her doctor after noticing blood in her urine, suffering weight loss and had a lot of lower back pain. Blood tests revealed she was anaemic, but the word cancer was never mentioned.

“It was such a shock when I was diagnosed. A lot of people I have spoken to say people my age don’t get that kind of cancer. But since joining Twitter I have found more and more people that are going through the same and some are even younger than me,” she said. “Some of their doctors are saying they are too young for cancer but that is what the campaign is about to raise awareness.”

Julie will also be taking part in the Race for Life in Huddersfield in July. To sponsor her visit