A woman’s aggressive bowel cancer was missed by doctors for a whole year because they thought she was too young to get it.
At 32, Cara Hoofe was so constantly exhausted she could barely keep her eyes open, but assumed this was due to her hectic lifestyle.
But when her condition worsened, and she began having stomach cramps and constipation, she sought advice from her GP.
He sent her away with iron tablets for anaemia, despite her family history of bowel cancer – her father was diagnosed in his 40s.
Cara, now 34, was shocked to discover she had advanced cancer, which meant she had to have a large part of her bowel removed. It had also spread to her liver, and part of that had to be cut away too.
Just like her doctor, the merchandising worker never expected she would get the disease at her age – most people diagnosed are over 60.
But she found out she had Lynch syndrome (LS), an inherited condition which brings a higher risk of developing bowel, ovarian and womb cancer. It doesn’t cause any symptoms until the disease strikes.