Screening stories: Susan

Susan volunteered to be part of the Don't Skip Your Screening campaign because she lost her husband to cancer.

She said: “My husband died of bowel cancer four years ago. Because we lived in England at the time, he was too young to be screened, as bowel cancer screening isn’t offered routinely until the age of 60. By the time he was diagnosed, the cancer was at an advanced stage and he didn’t have long left to live.

“In Scotland we are lucky – we are invited for bowel cancer screening every two years from the age of 50, and I think it’s so important to take that test. You're 14 times more likely to survive bowel cancer if it's found early.”