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Most people who have blood detected in their samples will not have bowel cancer, but many will have small growths in their bowel called polyps. If polyps are found during a colonoscopy they are usually removed, which prevents them from potentially turning into a cancer at a later stage. Are the tests suitable for everyone? Bowel screening tests are intended for healthy people who have no obvious symptoms (such as bleeding from the bowel, persistent changes in toilet habits, unexplained tiredness or weight loss and abdominal pain). Anyone with bowel symptoms should discuss them with their doctor as soon as possible and not wait for a screening test. How do I get a bowel screening test? The home test kits are automatically mailed to eligible people aged 50-74. They are sent to the postal address registered with Medicare or DVA, so it’s important to keep this address up to date. The tests do have a shelf life, and an expiry date can be found on the back of the kit. If a test has expired, was thrown away, is damaged or never arrived, a free replacement test can be requested online or by phoning 1800 627 701. For more information about the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, visit health.gov.au/nbcsp Bowel cancer screening does the heavy lifting for Tony For most people, the weekends fly by too fast. But for 60-year-old Currumbin former crane operator Tony McCormack and wife Tanya, one February weekend last year could not have dragged any slower. Tony had just been diagnosed with bowel cancer, after completing a free bowel screening test that was sent to him in the mail. “I had a gut feeling for a little while that something wasn’t right with Tony, but I couldn’t put my finger on it,” Tanya said. “For years I tried to get him to do the bowel cancer screening test that gets mailed to everyone over 50, and he just wouldn’t. But when a kit arrived on his 58th birthday I said ‘Right, Happy Birthday. You’re doing it’,” she said. This not-so-subtle shove from his bride of 20 years could well have saved Tony’s life. “After the test detected blood in my faeces, I went to my GP who referred me to a colorectal surgeon who performed a colonoscopy at Tugun’s John Flynn Hospital,” Tony said. “It revealed bowel cancer at the base of the colon. And as it always seems to be with these things, the diagnosis was delivered on a Friday afternoon and we had to wait until Monday to learn what was next, so there wasn’t much small talk at home that weekend. We were numb and just trying to absorb it all,” he said. Thankfully for the couple, things were about to start moving quickly in the right direction. “Nine months of intensive chemotherapy and radiation started in March last year, pretty well straight after the colonoscopy,” Tony said. “Every fortnight on a Monday the chemo went all day, which gave me plenty of time to think about what would have happened if I had skipped the bowel screening again. The early detection gave the doctors the chance to stop it in its tracks without surgery and today I’m clinically clear and improving all the time,” he said. Tony has also discovered a few things about himself that seem at odds with his knockabout persona. “I’ve discovered my own mortality and I have empathy these days, something I never really had before. I always thought if blokes said they were sick, they were bunging it on, and I didn’t empathise at all with them; it’s just the way I was brought up. The whole experience has brought about a massive change of mindset and recognition of the importance of a support network around me. The chemotherapy and radiation did its job, but it has been the support of Tanya and my two teenage boys, my friends down at my old gym and my former workmates; that has really helped me enormously,” he said. Tony has a simple message for anyone who is sent a bowel test in the mail. “My advice is do the test and if you don’t do it for yourself, do it for your family; it literally takes five minutes and it’s free, so why wouldn’t you? “And if you get the same sort of letter back that I did, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world, because it wasn’t for me,” he said. According to the Cancer Council, bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers in Australia and the second highest cause of cancer death. Each year around 400 Gold Coast residents are diagnosed with the disease. If found early, almost all bowel cancers can be successfully treated, yet current national screening participation rates are sitting at about 40 per cent. People wanting further information on the Australian Government National Bowel Screening Program can visit www.health.gov.au/nbcsp


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Many sheds to explore with various collections of items from a bygone era. ie stationary engines, water pumps, antiques, old tractors and heritage vehicles, a fully restored Steam Roller along Heritige Print. Refreshments available. Exit 49 of the M1. Take Rifle Range Road, entry is via the Pimpama Sports Hub entrance at the traffic lights. First left then follow the road up to the top of the hill. A great family day out. Something for everyone. Free entry LINE DANCE WITH LEAH - Mondays: Lakeside Community Centre, 25 Rose Valley Dr, Upper Coomera. 8.40am-9.20am Absolute Beginner-Beginner. 9.30am11.00am High Beginner-Low Intermediate. Tuesdays: Studio Village Community Centre, 87 Village Way, Oxenford. 4.25pm5.25pm Absolute Beginner-Beginner. 5.30pm-7.30pm Improver-Intermediate. Fridays: Canungra School Of Arts Hall, 3 Pine St, Canungra. 9.30am-11.30am High Beginner-Low Intermediate. Enquiries Leah Cook 0403 460 365. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS – A ladies meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous is held every Thursday at 5pm - 6pm at the Ormeau Community Centre, 3 Curthbert Drive Ormeau, Meeting Room 6. The Ormeau Women’s Living Sober Meeting is a safe place for women to learn about the disease of alcoholism and a solution to aid them in living a happy, joyous, free sober life. Doors open from 4:30pm. SIP N SUP CLUB – GOLD COAST Meets every three weeks at a great restaurant around the Gold Coast. All men welcome for beer, wine and food. We critique restaurants, have guest speakers but most of all we have a lot of fun. Generally Thursday afternoons, however, some evening events, 16 meetings per year. Info on facebook and search for @sipnsupgc and/or phone Michel on 0412 757 535 or e: michel_44@ bigpond.com SOUTHPORT RED CROSS Trauma Teddy & Craft knitters meet 9.30 Wednesday at 1 Mick Veivers Way, Southport. Yarn is available, come enjoy a social morning, learn a new craft and enjoy morning tea. Ring Julie 0425 236 110 for information. Southport Branch Medical Equipment Hire has moved to above address with parking available 9.30am to 3.00pm enquiries 55710966. GUANABA SOUTH COAST COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB, Heritage Park, 193 Rifle Range Road, Pimpama (Exit 49). Monthly Socials - 3rd Sunday at 12pm. Entrance fee $6.00 visitors, $5.00 members. Canteen, Licenced Bar & Afternoon Tea available. Great afternoon of talented Singers for your entertainment OR if you would like to sing with the band yourself, there are 3 practice sessions before the social to polish your songs for your performance. Contact Noelene (Secretary) 0419740756 or Peter (Music Coordinator) 0427293858. Find us on FB. Hall hire also available. HELENSVALE SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB INC. is open Tuesday to Friday and welcomes people over 50 who would like to join in our various activities or simply come in for a cuppa and a chat. We offer a full programme of activities including Pool, Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Mah Jong and various card and board games as well as bus trips and outings to places of interest. Shirley 04480 030 359. QCWA - COOMERA BRANCH - The Queensland Country Women’s Association (qcwa.org.au) is for women of all ages, from all walks of life and with different life experiences. We enjoy getting together monthly on the 2nd Wednesday for friendship, sharing and developing skills in healthy cookery, knitting & crochet, public speaking, photography, floral art as well as fundraising for local community, state and international causes. Check us out on Facebook (qcwa Coomera), come to our Craft day on the 3rd Wednesday monthly, or call 0456625776. Children Welcome. THE OXENFORD BOSOM BUDDIES BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP meets the first Thursday of every month at 10am at the Oxenford/Coomera Community and Youth Centre, 25 Leo Graham Way Road, Oxenford. A group for breast cancer people, their family, friends and supporters, everyone welcome. A morning tea is supplied by the Oxenford Bakers Delight. Lee 0439 754 180.

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