A MAN who urged the public to get involved in a life-saving bowel cancer screening programme has lost his fight with the disease.
Despite a terminal diagnosis in 2008, Kirkheaton’s Terry Meigh, 66, made it his mission to warn others about the symptoms.
He backed a national move to send bowel cancer testing kits to over 60s and used his own medical history to warn the public of the danger signs.
He also took part in ground-breaking “Piccolo” trials at Leeds which utilised a new combination of drugs.
The father-of-three said that some people’s embarrassment surrounding bowel cancer was a killer.
Speaking to the Examiner last year he said: “They think my cancer started about five years before I was diagnosed.
“I felt fine but noticed my toilet habits changed and became looser and more frequent.
“I never thought it could be cancer.
“It is terminal and there is no cure but the treatments are giving me more time.
“We decided from the beginning, you never know how long you’ve got, so we just enjoy life.
“If anyone’s bowel habits change, I would urge them to go and see their doctor immediately.”
Mr Meigh had maintained a healthy lifestyle, playing golf at Longley Park Golf Club and crown green bowling for Almondbury Bowling Club.
By the time his condition was diagnosed the cancer had spread to his liver.
His son James said: “He was a genuinely helpful man and if he could help someone he would, so supporting bowel cancer causes was part of that.
“He was very sociable and personable and he loved his wife and kids.”
The funeral took place on Monday.
He leaves his wife of 44 years Ann, sons James and Thomas and daughter Sally.