When my cancer was confirmed the surgeon said to me that it was extremely unfair as I didn't fit the bill at all for this particular type of cancer.
Afterwards the Colorectal nurse discussed this in more detail with me.
Markers for Colon Cancer (or Bowel Cancer if you prefer) :-)
- Eating an excessive amount of red meat - Nope, I was always a light meat eater and would choose veggie where possible.
- Being overweight - Nope, been 8st. for years now - UK size 8 and always stayed steady weight.
- Lazy lifestyle - Nope, always on the go - walk to/from work/school/shops. Out and about at weekends on the common exploring woodlands etc.
- Heavy on the junk food - Nope, have always eaten healthy food - lots of salad, vegetables, fruits have always been included in every meal.
- Being between 60 and 70 yrs of age - Nope, 49 at diagnosis and they suspect it's been there for a couple of years at least.
- IBS/Chronic bowel problems - Nope, never.
- Family history of Colon Cancer/Genetics - Nope, no-one...I'm the first
- Heavy smoking and excessive alcohol consumption - Nope - although I did used to be a smoker but was never a heavy smoker. Have only been an occasional drinker (odd glass of wine) for many years.
So....that left me saying 'Why?...Why did I get this cancer?'...and it seems that no-one can answer that for me.
That brings me back to the article in the Express last week.
So you may say, what's the point of this post then?
Well simple, it's because I've been taking a daily dose of Aspirin since 2004 when they diagnosed me with Lupus and 'sticky blood' (Hughes Syndrome) ..........so not only did I have 'no real markers; but I was also doing the medical stuff that they say "can reduce your risk by a large amount" - just all seems a bit ironic really :-(