Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

This Test Could Save Your Life

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

This Test Could Save Your Life

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Andrea Davy

andrea.davy@dailymercury.com.au

JOHN Weinrich is your typical Mackay man.

The 65-year-old mental health worker lives at Slade Point and looks fit for his age, so he admits he was a little shocked when the result from his free bowel cancer screening test came back positive.

This month is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and Mr Weinrich is encouraging everyone to get involved by having a free bowel cancer screening test.

aI think if I hadnat received the test in the mail, I probably would have never had one... I think men are a bit like that,a he said.

After his test came back positive, he was referred for a colonoscopy at Mackay Base Hospital, which revealed two colonic polyps, one of which was 8mm.

The polyps have been successfully removed. Had they gone undetected, they could have become cancerous.

Just over half of the Mackay people sent free bowel cancer testing kits use them.

Mackay Base Hospital gastroenterology nurse co-ordinator Tania Mattinson said while this made Mackay the area with the highest participation rate in Queensland, there was room for improvement. …

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