GOLD Coast Mayor Tom Tate has walked out of hospital, nine days after successful bowel cancer surgery.
The Mayor was discharged from Pindara Private on Friday morning following last Wednesday’s invasive operation.
Cr Tate said doctors had thankfully caught the cancer early and he has now been given the all-clear.
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“We caught it early,” the Mayor said.
“The pathology report of the cancer has come back…and it’s clear…so it’s great news for me and my family.”
The Mayor stopped to speak to reporters outside the hospital where he thanked the doctors, nurses and medical staff at Pindara Private for their care and urged residents over the age of 45 to get regular check-ups.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate leaves hospital with wife, Ruth nine days after successful bowel cancer surgery@abcnews pic.twitter.com/7Lji540o7p
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“Even with what happened with Ruth, I will never take anything for granted again, I didn’t expect the tables to be turned on me but it’s in a good way,” the Mayor said.
“The message to everybody that’s over 45 is please get a medical checkup.
“It’s one of those things that I would say saved my life.”
It’s not yet clear when the Mayor will resume his official mayoral duties.
In the meantime, the city will remain under the watchful eye of Deputy Mayor Donna Gates.
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.