Watch warn­ing signs

Wanneroo Times - - News -

THERE was lit­tle in­di­ca­tion Carramar mother Cather­ine Cash was un­well when she was di­ag­nosed with bowel cancer last year.

The Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus di­eti­cian re­ceived the star­tling news in June at age 41, “with vir­tu­ally no symp­toms at all”.

“I only no­ticed a change in bowel habits and I was tired a lot but put that down to be­ing a mother of a four-year-old,” she said.

The dis­ease claims the lives of more than 80 Aus­tralians a week.

Ra­di­a­tion treat­ment and surgery fol­lowed, as well as nearly 12 months of chemo­ther­apy.

Thank­fully, her most re­cent results cleared her of one of the most deadly can­cers in Aus­tralia.

In light of this month’s na­tional Bowel Cancer Aware­ness cam­paign, she is us­ing her story to en­cour­age peo­ple to look for warn­ing signs they might oth­er­wise ig­nore.

“It is vi­tally im­por­tant that peo­ple are aware of the early warn­ing signs of bowel cancer and to see their GP if they think some­thing is not right,” she said.

“It’s a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion that bowel cancer is an older per­son dis­ease, but my story shows that it can even af­fect younger peo­ple.”

Ms Cash is rais­ing money for Bowel Cancer Aus­tralia and sell­ing rib­bons ahead of Red Ap­ple Day on June 20.

Cather­ine Cash with son Will.

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