Remember more than 9 out of 10 people survive early stage bowel cancer. Spotting it early could save your life or the life of a loved one. That's what happened to these local people in north London.
After wanting to fall into bed at lunchtime and losing a few pounds, Helen from Hackney knew something wasn’t quite right. She visited her GP in July 2007 and was referred for tests, which confirmed bowel cancer. Read Helen's story.
Maurice from Tower Hamlets has a piece of post to thank for saving his life. After taking part in the NHS bowel cancer screening programme, he received the news that his sample – mailed to the lab for tests – contained some results that needed following-up. Read Maurice's story.
Edna was diagnosed with bowel cancer in February 2010. She had been feeling unwell during the winter of that year and after a change in bowel habits, Edna went straight to her local health clinic. Read Edna's story.
Paying close attention to her body is the only reason that Muriel from Waltham Forest is alive now. In November 2011 Muriel spotted blood in her poo and knew she had to see a doctor straight away. Read Muriel's story.