Did you know more people die from bowel cancer in New Zealand than from prostate and breast cancers combined?
Bowel cancer is New Zealand's most common cancer. The good news is if detected and treated early, more than 70% of those diagnosed could be saved. A week designated to increasing awareness then, some would say, is long overdue and Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa are pleased to have the support of such high caliber spokespeople to do just that.
Introducing our Ambassadors:
Ben and Owen Franks
All Black's star rugby brothers Ben and Owen Franks realised there was a huge gap in bowel cancer awareness in New Zealand following the diagnosis of a close family member. They are both keen to continue spreading the bowel cancer awareness message.
Fleur is a well-known south island restaurateur, food author and businesswoman. Her landmark restaurant Fleur's Place in the sleepy little fishing village of Moeraki attracts international clientele and her food is world renown. The story a lot of people don‟t know about Fleur is that twelve years ago, she was given a diagnosis of aggressive bowel cancer. So, Fleur moved into hospital with her wine, cheese and pressing work to live through the process of surviving a cancer she describes as a "damn nuisance". Now 72 years old, Fleur wants Kiwis to know that being told you have cancer isn't a death sentence, as long as you take the time to get the diagnosis and treatment you need.
Shane Jones and John Carter MPs
While it would be rightly considered sensationalism to call these politicians 'bum-chums', it is true to say Shane and John are brothers in bowel cancer. They count themselves lucky to have survived the disease and are putting aside their scant political differences to encourage people not to sit on their symptoms.
Willie is an ex-rugby captain for Tonga and current Sky TV Sports presenter and Newstalk ZB Radio Host. He recognises the appalling statistics bowel cancer reaps every year among New Zealanders and especially wants to get the message out to Maori and Pacific Island peoples, that regular check-ups keep families together and help kiwis to survive.
Dr Jared Noel
Jared Noel was 27 when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer. He already had a degree in forensic science, had just completed his fifth year of medical school and was preparing to travel to Zambia with his wife. He was told he had a 40% chance of being alive in five years. Then, he was told it was unsurvivable. Jared is now 30 years old, has since graduated from medical school and is practicing as a Doctor at Auckland Hospital in between fortnightly chemotherapy. He enjoys photography, tramping and often speaks to groups about how to cope with life when things don't go to plan. Follow Jared on Twitter www.twitter.com/#!/DrJared
Interview with Dr Jared Noel From 'Breakfast' on TV One, Recorded 7 June 2011
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