Fighting bowel

Julie Meek.
Julie Meek.

Last week the dietician was named a Bowel Cancer Australia Ambassador.

Ms Meek said she was overcome with a feeling of utter disbelief when he was diagnosed.

�He�d always eaten very healthily but, of course, there are other factors such as genetics and physical activity,� she said.

�After surgery to remove 40cm of his bowel and a six-month stint of chemotherapy he is grateful to be able to call himself a survivor.�

As an ambassador, Ms Meek said she urged men to join Decembeard, a fundraising event in December.

�Bowel cancer claims the lives of 2200 Australian men annually and more than 8000 men will get the news each year that they have the disease,� she said.

�Around 560 of those men who are diagnosed with it are under the age of 50 so it�s really important for people to realise it�s not just an older person�s cancer.

�Awareness is crucial because it�s estimated changes to diet � such as boosting dietary fibre intake, and reducing red meat and processed food consumption � could reduce the incidence of bowel cancer by up to 75 per cent.�

Bowel Cancer Australia chief executive Julien Wiggins said he was looking forward to working with Ms Meek.

�We�re delighted to have Julie join our team of high-profile ambassadors who have a lived-experience dealing with bowel cancer, either personally or through a loved one,� Mr Wiggins said.