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Don’t put it off – get checked for bowel cancer today

Head of Oncology, Dr Zee Wan Wong and patient Liz Yates. 

Bowel cancer doesn’t just affect older people – it affects people of all ages – such as local Mum Liz Yates, who was diagnosed aged 41.

“I didn’t get any of the normal symptoms,” explains Liz.

“I lost quite a bit of weight and was just not feeling great within myself so I knew something was going on, but I never thought it would be bowel cancer.”

Liz is now undergoing treatment at Peninsula Health’s Frankston Chemotherapy Day Unit.

“I haven’t experienced any terrible side-effects from the chemo. I’ve lost some hair but I still function as normal.” Liz says.

“Everyone, all the nurses are fantastic. We have a laugh and a joke and it makes the day better. They really are a great bunch down there.”

Demand continues to grow for our oncology service, which is why Peninsula Health is asking the community to Take a Break for Cancer and raise funds to expand cancer services on the Peninsula so that people like Liz can get the care and support they need, close to home.

Today is Red Apple Day, which reminds people to get tested for bowel cancer, which is treatable and beatable if detected early.

Liz urges people, of all ages, to see their doctor and have regular check-ups.

“You know yourself better than anyone else so if you think something is wrong then make sure you get yourself checked.” Liz says.

Take a Break for Cancer today by hosting your own fundraising event or making a donation online.

Get tested and find out more about the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program here.

Image Source: Bowel Cancer Australia