'I want to fix the system,' says patient turned doctor

Dr Ben Bravery says his colorectal cancer diagnosis at 28 inspired him to become a doctor, and gives him a unique insight into the shortfalls of the health system

Before going to medical school, becoming a hospital doctor, and beginning his training to become a psychiatrist, Dr Ben Bravery was working as a zoologist when he was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer.

Dr Ben Bravery.

It was just more than 10 years ago.

“I was suffering a lot at the time,” he says. “I was constipated, I had cramps and I was losing weight and there were times when I was

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