LUCKY MAN: Mark Skinner with his son Calvin. A vigilant GP has found a potentially fatal cancerous mass on Mark’s kidney.
LUCKY MAN: Mark Skinner with his son Calvin. A vigilant GP has found a potentially fatal cancerous mass on Mark’s kidney. Brett Wortman

Mark tells older men to head to their GP

MARK Skinner has a message that could save your life.

If you are male and in your 50s you really need to have regular medical checks including blood tests and scans of vital organs.

Mark, who is 60 this year, will undergo surgery next month to have a kidney removed after the discovery of a dark cancerous mass.

The advertising agency owner and member of the Board Meeting Corporate Surf Charity said the cancer was discovered when he went for a regular colonoscopy and blood tests revealed a slightly elevated enzyme level on his liver.

His doctor Dan Draper suggested Mr Skinner had scans to check if all was well.

"I'd only just got home and there was a call to say I needed to come back,'' Mr Skinner said.

"They had found a mass on my right kidney that looked cancerous.''

He was sent for a further CAT-scan which confirmed his doctor's concerns.

Because it was caught early, Mr Skinner's prognosis is very good as long as the kidney is removed.

Both he and his wife Bev believe their GP's thoroughness has saved Mr Skinner's life.

He will have surgery at Buderim on April 22 and is hopeful he will be fine after a five- to six-week period of recovery.

Left unattended the tumour would almost certainly have claimed his life.

BOWEL CANCER FACTS

  • 14,860 cases detected annually in Australia
  • Affects one in 10 men and one in 15 women
  • The cause of 3999 deaths annually, second only to lung cancer
  • National Bowel Cancer Screening Program available for all men turning 50, 55, 60, and 65.

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