A BOWEL cancer survivor is sharing his experiences to raise awareness of the killer disease.
It took several years for John Naisbit, 54, to receive a diagnosis for the disease after being told he was suffering irritable bowel syndrome.
The father-of-four of Stavanger Close, Corby, has started a blog to help others worried about the symptoms. He said: “I was being diagnosed with IBS as my profile did not fit that of a bowel cancer sufferer – I was only 45 at the time.”
At the time Mr Naisbit was living in Australia and was encouraged to go back to the doctor by his wife Wendy.
He said: “It was one of those things where it would have been very easy for me to concentrate on getting a job and a house rather than worry what I was going through.
“If I had put it off it would have gone to the stage where it would have spread to the rest of my organs.”
The cancer had started to spread to Mr Naisbit’s lungs, resulting in further operations and chemotherapy.
Last month he was given the all-clear and will continue to attend regular check-ups.
Bowel Cancer UK releases recommendations to the Government which it says could cut deaths by 60 per cent by 2025.
The overall five-year survival rate of those diagnosed with bowel cancer is just over 50 per cent.
Mr Naisbit, who set up his own company, Corby PAT Testing, while undergoing treatment, plans to start volunteering with charity Bowel Cancer UK to spread the message about the importance of catching the disease early.
To view Mr Naisbit’s blog visit www.livingwithbowelcancer.blogspot.co.uk.