Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has revealed doctors have discovered a potentially deadly growth in his intestine.
The polyps were found after Mayor Tate had a colonoscopy at Pindara Hospital on Monday.
The Mayor will undergo minor surgery later this month, however says his surgeon advised that if he had left the health tests for another 12 months it could have cost him his life.
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“I have to go back in and have surgery to cut out the growth,” he said.
“The surgeon’s comment was that if I’d left it for 12 months it would have been life-threatening.”
Mayor Tate is now urging all Gold Coast men and women over 50 to have regular blood tests.
“I’m saying to all the guys out there that think ‘she’ll be right mate’, I thought of that, but go in and do it for your family,” he said.
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