A few months ago, you might remember Jonesy & Amanda discussing the importance of completing a bowel screening test.
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program offers free screening for bowel cancer to Australians aged between 50 and 74 using a free, simple test at home. Around one in 23 Australians will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime, but despite these frightening numbers, people are still hesitant to actually take the test.
Listener Warren was one of those people.
Warren called up to express his gratitude for the pair’s constant reiteration of the importance of undertaking this easy test. Prior to this, the Kings Langley resident didn’t feel the need to take it.
“I was actually talked out of it,” he explained.
“I’m in my mid-fifties and I avoided it for many years and after you going through that, and basically talking open about it, I thought… ‘this year I’m going to do it!'”
Warren stuck to his word and did the test.
Unfortunately, it came back positive.
“I actually had bowel cancer and I’m sort of okay now. I’ve gone through the surgery. I’ve had, basically, 30 centimetres of bowel removed, and recovering, but when it comes down to it, I’m just really thankful that you were talking about this openly.”
He added, “I dodged a bullet on this one. It was almost ready to go to other places so I’ve just dodged that one but I’ve got to go through some chemo, by the looks of it.”
Warren then took the time to encourage others to take the test, urging them to “go ahead and poke the poo” because, after all, it’s simply “not that bad” compared to the alternative.
Thank you Warren for this timely reminder, and we wish you a speedy recovery.