Jesinta Campbell, 27, had colon polyps removed due to rare cancer gene after ...

Jesinta Franklin (nee Campbell), 27, has revealed she had colon polyps removed after learning she carries the same cancer gene as her mother, Valerie Campbell.

Speaking to Australian Women's Health last month, the former David Jones model said she has become 'really gentle' with her body following her mother's devastating bowel cancer diagnosis last year.

She recently underwent a preventative medical procedure after doctor's discovered she had colon polyps during a routine colonoscopy.

Jesinta Franklin (pictured) has revealed she had colon polyps removed after learning she carries the same cancer gene as her mother, Valerie Campbell

Jesinta Franklin (pictured) has revealed she had colon polyps removed after learning she carries the same cancer gene as her mother, Valerie Campbell

'If you remove the polyp then it can't develop into cancer,' she explains.

'[Getting checked is] the one thing I can proactively do every year that will stop me from getting [bowel cancer].

'That's why I'm really passionate about talking about it, because it is a preventable cancer if you do the right things and stay on top of it.' 

Colon polyps are growths on the lining of the colon and rectum. They are usually not cancerous but in some cases can develop into cancer. 

Taking action: It comes after Jesinta revealed she is being closely monitored by doctors after learning she carries a cancer gene. 'After [mum's] reversal surgery we found out that it runs in the family and I am being closely monitored, as well as having a procedure done - a colonoscopy,' she said of Valerie (right) who is now cancer-free

Taking action: It comes after Jesinta revealed she is being closely monitored by doctors after learning she carries a cancer gene. 'After [mum's] reversal surgery we found out that it runs in the family and I am being closely monitored, as well as having a procedure done - a colonoscopy,' she said of Valerie (right) who is now cancer-free 

It comes after Jesinta told news.com.au in January she is being closely monitored by doctors after learning she carries a cancer gene.

'After [mum's] reversal surgery we found out that it runs in the family and I am being closely monitored, as well as having a procedure done - a colonoscopy,' she said of Valerie who is now cancer-free. 

Jesinta said she is now having checkups every six to 12 months as a precaution. 

'It's likely I could get bowel cancer at some stage in my life,' she said.

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