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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 about her health fears and how she prioritises nutritious meals for her family. 

The former Channel 10 presenter revealed in a Q&A this week she has concerns about bowel cancer, due to a history of the disease in her family.

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

Health: Jessica Rowe has spoken about her health fears, saying she gets regular colonoscopies due to a family history of bowel cancer

‘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 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 to coincide with her collaboration with Meat and Livestock Australia.

Meat and Livestock Australia is honouring Australian butchers this winter. 

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

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

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

‘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,’ she said. 

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

She 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 she always likes to provide nutritious meals for her husband, Peter Overton, and their two daughters, Allegra, 14, and Giselle, 12 (all pictured)

Healthy: Jessica said she always likes to provide nutritious meals for her husband, Peter Overton, and their two daughters, Allegra, 14, and Giselle, 12 (all pictured)

Earlier this month, Jessica underwent a routine colonoscopy, which involves a doctor examining the bowel with a camera to detect any abnormalities or changes.

She shared a Boomerang video to Instagram of herself holding the glycoprep solution 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 added.

‘See your GP for more info.’ 

Flexible: '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'

Flexible: ‘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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