‘Beloved’ mum, 34, dies of bowel cancer after being ‘denied face-to-face GP appointment’
A "BELOVED" mum died of bowel cancer after being denied a face-to-face GP appointment, her family claims.
Sharan Kullar had contacted her doctor last year after suffering from fatigue and weight loss.
The 34-year-old wasn't able to see the GP in person, her relatives say, only able to have phone consultations due to Covid.
The mum was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and given anti-anxiety medication.
But she still feared she had bowel cancer, going back to her doctor again, with her family claiming the fears were dismissed.
They told Birmingham Live she eventually went to A&E in December 202, where she was told she had cancer.
They said in a statement: "Her heart rate was very high and her body was losing a lot of blood.
“On December 21, Sharan was told that she had stage 4 bowel cancer which had spread to her liver and lungs.
What are the symptoms to look for? Remember “BOWEL”
- : B:Bleeding
There are several possible causes of bleeding from your bottom, of blood in your poo.
Bright red blood could come from swollen blood vessels, haemorrhoids or piles, in your back passage.
Dark red or black blood could come from your bowel or stomach.
Blood in your stools is one of the key signs of bowel cancer, so it's important to mention it to your doctor so they can investigate.
2. O: Obvious change in loo habits
It's important to tell your GP if you have noticed any changes in your bowel habits, that lasts three weeks or longer.
It's especially important if you have also noticed signs of blood in your poo.
You might notice you need to go to the loo more often, you might have looser stools or feel like you're not going enough or fully emptying your bowels.
Don't be embarrassed, your GP will have heard a lot worse! Speak up and get it checked.
3. W: Weight loss
This is less common than the other symptoms, but an important one to be aware of. If you've lost weight and don't really know why, it's worth mentioning to your GP.
You may not feel like eating, feel sick, bloated and not hungry.
4. E: Extreme tiredness
Bowel cancer that causes bleeding can cause a lack of iron in the body – anaemia. If you develop anaemia you're likely to feel tired and your skin might look pale.
5. L: Lump or pain
As with lots of other forms of cancer, a lump or pain can be a sign of bowel cancer.
It's most likely you'll notice a pain or lump in your stomach or back passage.
See your GP if it doesn't go away, or if it affects how you eat or sleep.
“The cancer was most concerning in her liver due to the damage it was causing and how much swelling there was.
“All alone in hospital, she spoke with consultants and palliative care nurses, her mind was fried.
“Only four days before Christmas and having been away from her children for three days, she was desperate to come home. She was discharged later that day.
“She was determined to fight, she was not ready to leave her children.”
The mum-of-two tragically died just four weeks after being told she had cancer.
Her loved ones now want to celebrate her life by carrying out 34 challenges to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK.
They will finish up with a 35km walk on what would have been her 35th birthday.
The beloved mum died just four weeks after receiving her cancer diagnosis.
Sharan’s loved ones are now celebrating her 34 years of life by completing 34 challenges and raising money for Bowel Cancer UK.
This will end with a 35km walk on Tuesday, October 12 – what would have been her 35th birthday.
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