Damien, Geraldton

Bowel cancer champion

Damien’s story

Damien is a true-blue Aussie bloke who lives and breathes regional Western Australian values. He is hardworking, dedicated, and passionate about his community. As a customs officer, a marine rescue volunteer, and now a wharf supervisor, Damien always gives his all to whatever he does. In his spare time, he loves nothing more than diving, boating and spearfishing.

At age 45, Damien noticed something was off. He saw blood in his poo and was experiencing an unusual pain in his lower abdomen that would come and go. Like many people, Damien was hesitant to get his symptoms checked out. He feared the worst, didn’t want to hear bad news, and thought it would just go away.

It wasn’t until he saw the Find Cancer Early ad that he realised the importance of getting his symptoms checked, and the campaign pushed him over the line to see a doctor. He booked an appointment with a GP to discuss the blood in his poo and asked for a colonoscopy, which led to the discovery that he had bowel cancer.

In November 2021, Damien underwent several colonoscopies in Geraldton and Perth and had polyps removed, with one being cancerous. His journey was tough, but with the support of his family and community, he came out the other side.

Damien’s advice

“Book in to see your GP as soon as possible. Do not delay.”

Damien’s story is a reminder that it’s crucial to listen to your body and seek medical help if something doesn’t feel right. It’s easy to put things off, but early diagnosis is vital in the fight against cancer. Don’t wait until it’s too late – take care of yourself and your loved ones by making sure you see a doctor if you notice any changes to your body.

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Bowel cancer screening

Bowel cancer screening kits are designed for people who don’t have any noticeable symptoms of bowel cancer.

If you don’t have any bowel cancer symptoms and you’re eligible, it is recommended you participate in the free National Bowel Cancer Screening Program for people aged 50-74.

If you do have possible bowel cancer symptoms, it’s recommended you see your doctor, clinic nurse or health worker without delay.

Remember, the earlier cancer is found, the better your chances of survival. So, make sure you participate in free screening at every opportunity and see your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms.