Cancer survivor backs diagnosis campaign

Bowel cancer survivor Gordon Smart pictured at his home in Aberdeenshire with his wife Catherine and son Robert.''Pic Donald Stewart
Bowel cancer survivor Gordon Smart pictured at his home in Aberdeenshire with his wife Catherine and son Robert.''Pic Donald Stewart

An ELLON man and his family have backed a new campaign underlining the importance of early contact with a GP over cancer fears.

Gordon Smart, 62, was diagnosed with bowel cancer only after his wife Catherine called the emergency doctor.

The coach driver, of Cultercullen, had the tumour removed and has made a good recovery.

A Cancer Research UK and Tesco survey indicates that 40% of Scots speak to a friend or relative before consulting their GP. Two thirds claimed partners urged them to see a doctor.

The study marks the launch of a new online video highlighting the importance of spotting the early signs of cancer through any unusual or persistent body changes.

Mr Smart said: “Catherine was determined that I visited the doctor because I had been feeling unwell for a while but I had convinced myself it was nothing to worry about. Even when I got desperately unwell, I was reluctant to go to the doctor for fear of what the diagnosis might be.

“Luckily for me, it wasn’t too late and doctors were able to remove the tumour and I’ve made a good recovery. Cancer doesn’t need to be a death sentence anymore. Today more and more people like me are surviving the disease.”

School teacher Catherine, 43, added: “Gordon has told me that if he ever suspects that anything is wrong again, he will go straight to the doctor.

“He also knows that if he had done the bowel screening test or gone to the doctors earlier, he wouldn’t have had to go through all of the treatment.

“By the time Gordon’s cancer was diagnosed, the cancer had already spread to some of his lymph nodes. If he’d received medical attention later, it could have been too late.”

To watch Cancer Research UK and Tesco’s online video, visit www.cruk.org/spotcancerearly