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    Jessica Rowe candidly reveals her cancer fears

    Jessica Rowe reveals her cancer fears and the one test she gets religiously to stay on top of her health










    Jessica Rowe has spoken candidly about her health concerns and how she prioritises nutritious meals for her family. 

    The former Channel Ten star revealed in a Q&A this week that she has bowel cancer fears, due to a history of the disease in her family. 

    The 50-year-old journalist said she undergoes regularly colonoscopies to keep on top of her health, after her father and grandfather both battled the disease. 

    Candid: Jessica Rowe candidly revealed her cancer fears this week and the one test she gets religiously to stay on top of her health

    ‘I’m making sure I have regular colonoscopies,’ Jessica said. 

    ‘I began having them younger at around 40 because of the increased risk factors in my family. My dad John who’s 73 was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 55 and my mum’s dad died of bowel cancer.’

    She added that she endures the test – and the prep beforehand – because it can ‘save your life.’

    Keeping on top of things: The former Channel Ten star revealed in a Q&A this week that she has bowel cancer fears, due to a history of the disease in her family. 'I'm making sure I have regular colonoscopies,' Jessica said. Pictured with husband Peter Overton

    Keeping on top of things: The former Channel Ten star revealed in a Q&A this week that she has bowel cancer fears, due to a history of the disease in her family. ‘I’m making sure I have regular colonoscopies,’ Jessica said. Pictured with husband Peter Overton

    ‘Sure, the idea is irksome, but it could save your life,’ Jess said. 

    ‘The last time I did a colonoscopy I drank the laxative prep in a wine glass thinking it might make it slightly more palatable.’

    Jessica revealed her cancer fears in a Q&A which marked her collaboration with Meat and Livestock Australia.

    Meat and Livestock Australia are honouring Australian butchers this winter. 

    New collab: Jessica revealed her cancer fears in a Q&A which marked her collaboration with Meat and Livestock Australia

    New collab: Jessica revealed her cancer fears in a Q&A which marked her collaboration with Meat and Livestock Australia

    Jessica said that she always likes to provide nutritious meals for her family, husband Peter Overton and their two daughters Allegra, 14, and Giselle, 12, and tends to opt for mince meat.

    ‘I also learnt through MLA (Meat and Livestock Australia) that lean mince actually has the same nutritional value of more expensive cuts, so it’s really healthy,’ Jessica said. 

    ‘Whether it’s tacos, Mexican in a pot or shepherd’s pie, I love it.’

    She jokingly added: ‘The girls love it, and Pete is “getting used” to it considering I’m not the world’s greatest cook. But he does eat my meals, if he didn’t he’d go hungry!’ 

    Healthy: Jessica said that she always likes to provide nutritious meals for her family, husband Peter Overton and their two daughters Allegra, 14, and Giselle, 12, and tends to opt for mince meat

    Healthy: Jessica said that she always likes to provide nutritious meals for her family, husband Peter Overton and their two daughters Allegra, 14, and Giselle, 12, and tends to opt for mince meat

    Indeed earlier this month, Jessica underwent a routine colonoscopy, where doctors examine the bowel with a camera to detect any abnormalities, concerns or changes. 

    She shared a Boomerang video of herself holding the prep in a wine glass and wrote: ‘Bottom’s up!’

    ‘So important to get these health checks. I’ve got a family history of bowel cancer so this is my third one.’

    She finished: ‘See your GP for more info.’ 

    'I also learnt through MLA (Meat and Livestock Australia) that lean mince actually has the same nutritional value of more expensive cuts, so it's really healthy,' Jessica said. 'Whether it's tacos, Mexican in a pot or shepherd's pie, I love it'

    ‘I also learnt through MLA (Meat and Livestock Australia) that lean mince actually has the same nutritional value of more expensive cuts, so it’s really healthy,’ Jessica said. ‘Whether it’s tacos, Mexican in a pot or shepherd’s pie, I love it’

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