A father who dismissed his rapid weight loss as working too hard and not eating right has been diagnosed with cancer that has spread throughout his body.

Rob Gore, 40, ignored symptoms including passing blood when he went to the toilet until his wife Kirsty persuaded him to see the GP.

The supply chain logistics manager, from Warrington, said: “By the time I received my diagnosis, I was resigned to the fact that it was something serious.

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“I had bowel cancer and it had spread, with nodules in my liver and lungs.”

With nearly 43,000 people diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, it is the fourth most common cancer and the second deadliest cancer in the UK, according to the charity Bowel Cancer UK, Liverpool Echo reports.

More than nine out of ten new cases are diagnosed in people over 50, and it’s more common in men than women, but it can affect anyone at any age.

Rob underwent six rounds of chemotherapy at the mobile clinic at Clatterbridge Cancer Center in the CanTreat Unit at Halton Hospital.

Followed by treatment to help prevent the cancer from spreading further.

He still visits the Clatterbridge team to collect cancer drugs and for regular scans and checkups.

A CT scan a year ago detected potentially cancerous growths called nodules in his lungs, requiring six more rounds of chemotherapy.

He then underwent lung ablation at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. This non-surgical procedure uses heat to kill cancer cells, allowing them to treat a nodule they suspected was coming back.

Three years after his diagnosis in March 2019, Rob is back to work full time, having recently visited London and Belfast with his family to celebrate his 40th birthday.

He said: “My wife and children have been brilliant. I have two stepchildren and a daughter and they have just climbed Moel Famau in North Wales to raise money for a charity that supports the children whose family members have cancer.

“They were really keen to give something back and I’m so proud of them.

“We’re just enjoying everything we can – trying to get out and do things and enjoy life. It was really nice to be back at work too, seeing people, because I don’t I’m not one to sit still.”

Rob shared his story for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April to encourage others not to ignore possible cancer symptoms.

He said: “I always tell my friends, my family, anyone – if you have any signs please go see someone. It’s huge when something in your body is wrong, but there is no need to be afraid.

“Being diagnosed with cancer is not inevitable. Treatments are available, so it’s always best to get symptoms checked and reassured or get the care you need.”

He added: “The care I’ve received from the NHS has been amazing – I can’t say enough about how amazing everyone has been. I see my nurse consultant, Jeanette, regularly.

“She is fantastic and I have great confidence in the team. I continue to live my life.”

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Jeanette Ribton, colotectal nurse consultant at Clatterbridge Cancer Center NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Rob did the right thing by going to see his GP when he noticed blood and had lost weight without trying.

“People sometimes ignore early signs of bowel cancer, either out of embarrassment or thinking it’s just a dodgy belly.

“If you have persistent changes in your bowel habits for three weeks or more, blood in your poo or abdominal pain or bloating when eating, seek advice from your GP.

“It is also important to participate in bowel cancer screening if invited.”