Barb’s lucky can­cer catch

Dalby res­i­dent picks up tu­mours be­fore they spread

Balonne Beacon - - BEST OG THE WEST - Michael Doyle

DALBY res­i­dents are about six per cent more likely to get can­cer.

How­ever res­i­dent Barb Han­d­ley says the news isn’t as bad as it sounds.

Mrs Han­d­ley strug­gled through a bout of breast can­cer and a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy years ago but said she had ac­cess to world-class fa­cil­i­ties and doc­tors about an hour’s drive away in Toowoomba.

It was the per­sis­tence of those doc­tors that en­sured her can­cer was caught in time after she came up all clear in a mam­mo­gram and ul­tra­sound.

De­spite re­ceiv­ing a neg­a­tive re­sult dur­ing one of those an­nual screen­ings, Mrs Han­d­ley had a nag­ging feel­ing about some dis­charge in one breast that turned out to be com­pletely un­re­lated.

She went back to her GP, who rec­om­mended she see a sur­geon.

Next thing she knew she was dis­cussing treat­ment op­tions for a num­ber of tu­mours the sur­geon dis­cov­ered.

“Once they take out a tu­mour, they like to cre­ate a wider mar­gin around it, so that was an­other surgery,” Mrs Han­d­ley said.

PHOTO: MICHAEL DOYLE

STRONG: Barb Han­d­ley.

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