Scan saves grandmother from 'ticking time bomb' tumour
A TOOWOOMBA grandmother walked around with a ticking time bomb inside her and had no idea.
Cama Rolls' cancerous tumour in her bowel went undetected for anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of years.
It wasn't until she started getting unbearable stabbing pains under her rib cage that she went to the hospital.
A CT scan picked up the tumour and doctors told her if it hadn't been detected it could have exploded.
Mrs Rolls said she was shocked because she was quite well up until the pain hit.
"It was something that just came out of the blue," she said.
"Having the tumour removed has given me more time to enjoy time with my 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
"I thank goodness for the scan because it's spared me time with my family.
"I'm very thankful because without the scan I would be dead."
Mrs Rolls said the scan saved her life and is concerned about Federal Government funding cuts for pathology tests.
Patients who need pathology tests could soon face out-of-pocket expenses for the first time after the Turnbull government scrapped bulk-billing incentives.
Concession card holders and children under 16 years old will be exempt, with a saving of $650.4 million predicted over four years.
Mrs Rolls said she was worried that the move would dissuade patients from having important medical tests.
"If they bring in that scans and MRIs have to be paid for there will be a lot of people who won't be able to afford it and as a result I think there will be more death," she said.
"The health system spends money on a lot of other things and pathology tests are important for the Australian people, especially for the poor and underprivileged."
Mrs Rolls' tumour has now been removed but she will go back to the doctors later this month to get full test results.