Australian's share their inspirational stories about their personal journey with bowel cancer.

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Liz Smart

Liz is a retired Melbourne school teacher who has recently been treated for bowel cancer. Married with two children and now five grandchildren, her life was full of activity: frequent travel, walking groups, gym, opera, child-minding, volunteering at the Children’s Hospital.

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 Geoff Cox

Geoff Cox or ‘Coxy’ as he is called by almost everyone, is a larger than life personality, best known for his successful music career and as host of travel show Coxy’s Big Break. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer on October 1, 2008

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 Melissa Monks

“I was a 34 year old busy working mum, very fit and healthy, with an 18 month toddler.  I was eight weeks pregnant when I was suddenly diagnosed with bowel cancer – a stage 3 tumour. I had no obvious symptoms”.

Melissa is a senior lawyer in a large Melbourne law firm. In October 2009 she scheduled a visit to her GP for a referral to an obstetrician. That visit may well have saved her life.

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 Stephanie Bansemer-Brown

“I want you to be screened for bowel cancer,” Stephanie Bansemer-Brown's sister told her firmly.

It was a request that probably saved Steff's life.

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