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This week we are running our online clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health.

I have had a stressful week, moving house, downsizing here in the UK and hoping soon to semi-retire and move to France. It made me think of my best friend who did a similar thing about ten years ago and was enjoying a dream lifestyle. Unfortunately he died shortly afterwards from bowel cancer. He had a family history of the condition and I had encouraged him to be screened but he failed to do so.

I also have three close friends and colleagues , who have recently had radical prostatectomies for prostate cancer. One was diagnosed on routine screening, one had some mild bladder symptoms and the third was luckily picked up when he presented with some blood in his semen.

Most bladder and bowel symptoms are not cancer and can usually be helped or completely cured. Cancers of the bladder, bowel, and prostate, often have little in the way of symptoms until they are quite advanced.

Anyone with unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite and pain in the abdomen or bladder, back or pelvis should seek medical help. There are common causes of blood in the urine, stools, or semen, but anyone noticing blood should definitely see their GP.

Similarly if you experience any persistent change in bowel habit, either diarrhoea or constipation, or urinary symptoms, either going more often or having difficulty passing urine, you should seek advice.

I am looking forward to participating in this weeks clinic.


Dr Roger Goulds

Dr Roger Goulds has over 30 years experience as a General Practitioner in both the NHS and private sector. He has also worked in health screening and is very keen on early diagnosis and disease prevention. He has a special interest in sports and musculoskeletal medicine and works with professional sports men and women.

3 Responses to Living the dream

  1. philip cook

    Hi,I am having real ongoing issues over the last 2-3yrs with my bowels resulting ultimately being incontinent & leaking,I was in a bad crash a few yrs ago and since then other symptoms apart from the physical injuries have gotten worse including my bowels either constipated or having diohrea !! Now in the last 6-7 months there is leaking and I can’t control it,causing me being unable to travel incase it happens.
    It is extremely embarrassing as I’m only 50yrs old,it’s mainly caused by the meds I have to take.
    I use a mobility scooter get about and all too often now with the lumps & bumps in the road & pavement causing me to leak without feeling and if in a shop etc,I can smell it and get very paranoid and embarrassed so I leave to go home as quick as possible.
    I now think it’s time I got some sort of pads or similar to allow me to go out or to get to appointments at hospital which a 200 mile round trip by hospital transport.
    Is there any men that can tell me the product that works best ? Thanks

    • Hi Philip, we have a dedicated forum for incontinence which you can post in to get support and advice. You can post in our forum by following this link… – if you need any help posting then let us know at

    • gabrielle benavente

      Hi Mr Cook my name is Gabby I run my own business with forever living. Your story reduced me to tears. I have a similar tale of ibs stunting me from venturing outside. Not half as severe as yours, though very limited to where I went and to plan ahead for toilet breaks. I was introduced to forever living products by a friend of mine, very dubious at first as you can imagine. I tried the aloe vera drinking gel for a month, to be honest Mr Cook it has been a godsend. No more crippling cramps , stools are firmer and I can now go out for hours on end without worries. So impressed with this product

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