Derek Warwick: Bowel cancer screening saved my life

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FORMER racing driver Derek Warwick has told how Health's free bowel cancer screening programme saved his life – and has urged others to undergo the procedure.

Having agreed to become an ambassador for the screening programme for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, he has told his experience of being diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer a year ago.

It was only on his third and last invitation from the General Hospital to attend the screening that he made the appointment, six months after the first one arrived in the post.

Although he was at his fittest and had no symptoms, a large tumour was found and later, during a six-hour operation to remove the tumour and 15 inches of his bowel, it was also found that the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, which required six months of chemotherapy.

Read an interview with Mr Warwick in this weekend's JEP.

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