"Colonoscopy doesn't always reveal bowel cancer"

About: Stepping Hill Hospital / Colorectal surgery Stockport PCT

(as a relative),

My partner had a colonoscopy and was sent to stepping hill after rectal bleeding. This showed no problems and we felt very fortunate. This story is to encourage patients to not accept no further investigation. He had bowel cancer that was further up than a colonoscopy shows and we did not know this. Nobody including his GP asked him about family history which there is and a scan would have shown a sizeable tumour which had spread upwards in the year following his all clear. If we had known, we would have had a private scan as we have done before and there would be no need for this story. Bottom line is you have to arrange things for yourself. Please don't rely on hospital diagnosis or GPs. We have lost a special person. Don't be the next.

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