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Interview 07

Age at interview: 72
Brief Outline: Was invited to be screened for bowel cancer in 2001, when aged 67. The result of the Faecal Occult Blood (FOB) test was normal.
Background: A white English woman, a housewife, married with 3 children.

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In 1974 she was successfully treated for cervical cancer. In 1990 she was diagnosed with bowel cancer. This was also successfully treated by removing polyps from the bowel. She was pleased to be invited to be screened for bowel cancer in 2001, when aged 67. The result of the Faecal Occult Blood (FOB) test was normal. 

 

Screening reassured her because she had had bowel cancer long ago.

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When I heard of the testing, money was made for the testing, I was pleased, having had a history of bowel cancer many years ago. So it gave me reassurance that I at least, I would partly know that I was still free from the disease. It was a very straight forward system, the kit came in the post, as far as I can remember and I followed the instructions without any problem.

 

She used a margarine container to catch her motion.

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I think on the information sheet they suggest different ways that you might manage to get a sample, either from the lavatory paper or from possibly a container inside the lavatory.

That's right yes.

Can you remember what you did?

Yes I did a container definitely yes, yes. I don't know whether I wore thin, thin gloves or not, possibly I did, but as long as one keeps the, the things and not touching other things that would mask any testing I think that's what I did.

Can you remember what sort of container you found useful?

Probably a small marg, well a margarine container possibly yes, a plastic container yes and then disposed of it afterwards, yes.

So the whole thing you found fairly straight forward?

Yes, yes.

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