UPDATE @ 21 November, 2017: Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery for bowel cancer last week.
Mayor Tate was admitted to Pindara Hospital last Wednesday to have cancerous polyps removed from his bowel.
“Mayor Tom Tate remains in Pindara Private Hospital following his cancer surgery last Wednesday,” A spokesperson for the Mayor said.
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“He remains in hospital due to discomfort following surgery, which was successful.”
The spokesperson confirmed Deputy Mayor Donna Gates will remain as acting mayor whilst Cr Tate recovers.
“A date for return to full duties is yet to be determined.”
EARLIER @ 13 November, 2017: Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has revealed he has bowel cancer.
The diagnosis comes just a month after doctors discovered polyps in his intestine, which he had surgery for in late October.
At the time, the Mayor issued a desperate plea for all Gold Coast men and women over 50 to have regular blood tests.
“The surgeon’s comment was that if I’d left it for 12 months it would have been life-threatening,” Mayor Tate said at a press conference in October.
“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.”
Speaking to the Gold Coast Bulletin on Sunday, the 58-year-old said he will undergo surgery to have the cancer in his intestine removed this week.
Bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer and affects both men and women of all ages.
Often, there are no warning signs, however if you get onto it early, it can be treated successfully.
EARLIER @ 10 October, 2017: 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.
“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.