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A young mum initially dismissed an embarrassing symptom which later turned out to be stage 3 cancer.Jelena Tompkins, from Colorado noticed that her gas was suddenly far more foul-smelling than usual - but she attributed it to her probiotics.

She is now speaking out to make sure others don't ignore their telling symptoms after her shock diagnosis. The 34-year-old had recently completed a half marathon and was maintaining a balanced diet rich in vegetables when she began to notice problems with her gut in 2016.

In an attempt to regulate her gut balance, Ms Tompkins started taking probiotics but failed to notice any improvement. The bloody stool which made its appearance later did not ring alarm bells either.Her annual health check-up seemed routine and her doctor associated the bleeding with dietary changes, ruling out anything serious.

As months passed, however - and the situation remained unchanged - the decision for further tests was made. Initially aiming at spotting a specific food upsetting her digestive system, these tests led doctors to recommend a colonoscopy, reports the Mirror.The results delivered a devastating blow; Stage 3 rectal cancer was discovered, already having spread to her lymph nodes. "I was in some of the best shape of my life," a startled Ms Tompkins shared on 'The Patient Story'."I ate healthily and never thought that cancer would strike me at such a young age."For all the latest on news, politics, sports, and showbiz from the USA, go to The Mirror US.She detailed her experience of enduring a tough 28 days of radiation therapy.

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