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WHEN Jesinta Franklin’s mother was di­ag­nosed with bowel can­cer early last year, the 27-year-old model de­cided to slow down, tak­ing a step back from her busy life­style to fo­cus on her health.

Franklin said that while her mother Va­lerie Camp­bell was now can­cer-free, the gene runs in the fam­ily and there is a pos­si­bil­ity the model could get it.

“After her re­ver­sal surgery we found out that it runs in the fam­ily and I am be­ing closely mon­i­tored, as well as hav­ing a pro­ce­dure done — a colonoscopy be­fore Christ­mas,” she said.

Speak­ing as an am­bas­sador for Moet & Chan­don, the for­mer Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia re­vealed that she was be­ing checked ev­ery six to 12 months.

“It’s likely I could get bowel can­cer at some stage in my life,” Franklin said.

“As hard as that is, knowl­edge is power and the more you know, the more steps you can take to­wards stay­ing healthy and keep­ing on top of it.”

SUN­DAY, JAN­UARY 13, 2019 Health watch: Jesinta Franklin at the Magic Mil­lions Race­day at the Gold Coast Turf Club yesterday. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

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