Woman may wait 14 years for lesion removal
By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.com.au
JULIE Izzeard sunk her small frame into the couch.
Behind her, children's trophies lined a long shelf and along from them a collection of small ceramic animals.
In the empty house, the occasional tear escaped and crept down Julie's face.
The tear wasn't directly because of the skin lesion close to her right eye but because she feels it has given her a death sentence.
Fifty-two-year-old Julie has had several skin cancers removed from her back and her hand over the past 10 years.
Three years ago she had two skin cancers removed near her eye but now another lesion has come up and her doctor said it was too close to her eye to be operated on.
The doctor referred her to a plastic surgeon in Brisbane, the closest plastic surgeon in the public health system, where she claims she faces a 14-year wait.
Previously what she thought had just been sores that wouldn't go away turned out to be skin cancers and she fears the chances of this lesion being cancerous are high.
'I can't tell myself it's not cancerous,' Julie said.
'If I've got to wait 14 years, I'll be dead by then.
"It's a death sentence and I haven't got that kind of money to get it done privately.
'There should be someone closer.
'Gladstone isn't a small town but there isn't even anyone in Rockhampton.