Barb’s lucky cancer catch
Dalby resident picks up tumours before they spread
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.
STRONG: Barb Handley.