Rather than let the cancer tear her life apart, she put her energy into raising awareness of the disease and changing the perceptions of bowel cancer, one she said was the “poo cancer”.

The reason for this is because the colour and regularity with which someone poos can be an indicator of bowel cancer.

If the poo is very dark, tar -ike, this can indicate the presence of bowel cancer.

Furthermore, if someone’s bowel habit isn’t constant, or has changed, this can also indicate bowel cancer; for example if someone moves from having two solid poos a day to three or one watery deposit.

This story originally Appeared on Express.co.uk