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My doctor sent me a smiley face emoji and dismissed my symptoms

A WOMAN with cancer symptoms was told by her doctor to be ok with a smiley face emoji – but he was wrong.

Christine Bronstein knew something was wrong, but she had blamed hemorrhoids for blood in her stool.

Christine Bronstein had undergone a cancer test at home before being diagnosed

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Christine Bronstein had undergone a cancer test at home before being diagnosedSource: facebook.com/christine.bronstein
Her doctor initially told her she didn't have cancer after the test came back positive

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Her doctor initially told her she didn’t have cancer after the test came back positiveSource: facebook.com/christine.bronstein

The “super healthy” 48-year-old does a lot of sport, doesn’t drink alcohol and avoids sugar.

But her symptoms gave her cause for concern, so she ordered an at-home colon cancer screening test.

The results were positive and she contacted her doctor, excited to see what would come next.

To her shock, he replied “You don’t have cancer” and added a smiley face.

But still concerned, Christine insisted on a colonoscopy, which found a 2-inch tumor in her rectum and two polyps.

She was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer.

Christine, who lives in Kula, Hawaii, said TODAY: “This thing really brings people down in their prime.

“I think the problem with why this is becoming the #1 killer for younger people is because their symptoms are being denied.

“Doctors just don’t know, so they don’t catch it until it’s already metastasized.”

She added that she didn’t feel bad about the first doctor, who she believes meant well and didn’t know that colon cancer was becoming more common in younger adults.

But she said: “Once you have it, it affects your life deeply, so I’m really about early prevention before 45.

“If you have symptoms, see your doctor.”

Colon and colon cancer can be treated, especially if caught early.

But without to know the signspeople run the risk of being diagnosed late.

If you notice any of the signs, have no shame and be sure to talk to your GP.

The five warning signs of colon and colon cancer include::

  1. Bleeding from the posterior passage or blood in your stool
  2. A change in your normal toilet habits – for example, walking more often
  3. Pain or a lump in your abdomen
  4. Extreme tiredness
  5. lose weight

Tumors in the colon or rectum typically bleed, which can lead to a shortage of red blood cells, known as anemia. It can cause fatigue and sometimes shortness of breath.

Other signs of cancer are:

  • Gripping pains in abdomen
  • bloating
  • Constipation and inability to breathe
  • Be sick
  • The feeling that you have to exert yourself – like number two – but after you’ve been to the toilet
She was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and is being treated

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She was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and is being treatedSource: facebook.com/christine.bronstein

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