Age at interview: 63
Brief Outline: Invited to be screened for bowel cancer in 2005 when aged 62. The result of the Faecal Occult Blood (FOB) test was normal.
Background: A white English woman, an assistant school supervisor, married with 4 children.
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In about 2001 she had bowel problems, so had a colonoscopy, and was diagnosed with diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome, which she now manages by taking care of what she eats. In 2005, when she was aged 62, she was invited to be screened for bowel caner. The result of the Faecal Occult Blood (FOB) test was normal.
She got some rubber gloves from the chemist before doing the test.
The little card?
A little card and then you seal it don't you, gosh I can't remember it. And that was it. And it really and truthfully was as quick as saying ABC.
She was lightly sedated and asked questions during the colonoscopy but afterwards could not...
You don't remember.
I don't remember, no. And when I was taken, taken back to the room the consultant came in but I was asleep so I didn't speak to him. Then when I saw him the following week he said, 'Can you remember?' And I said, 'Oh I was asleep,' and he says, 'No you were asking me a lot of questions.' So I truthfully can't remember.