Champions tell their tales for NHS campaign

Amanda Saxton, of Haig Road, Moorends, is a community champion for NHS Doncaster, and is spreading the word about the early signs of cancer, through her Facebook page. Picture: Liz Mockler D9482LM
Amanda Saxton, of Haig Road, Moorends, is a community champion for NHS Doncaster, and is spreading the word about the early signs of cancer, through her Facebook page. Picture: Liz Mockler D9482LM
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TWO residents affected by cancer are telling their stories in a bid to improve survival rates among those with the disease.

Fiona Lemmon and Amanda Saxton have signed up to be ‘community champions’ as part of a NHS Doncaster campaign to inform people of the symptoms of cancer so they seek early medical advice.

Health bosses hope early medical intervention will lead to fewer people dying from the disease.

Amanda Saxton, of Haigh Road, Moorends, decided to sign up after her dad Robert Head died of lung cancer last June aged 55.

The 32-year-old administration manager, mum, to Ruby, three, and six-month-old Blake has set up a facebook page for people to view.

She said: “I think a lot of my dad’s symptoms were confused with his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, like a rattly chest.

“He lived away in London, so I wasn’t there to nag him into getting himself checked out.

“I am hoping to spread the word about the importance of visiting a GP early with any potential cancer symptoms and educating people on what they need to look out for.

“Hopefully, it will help people to detect cancer at an early stage to give them the best chance of it being treated successfully.”

Fiona Lemmon, 61, of Clifton Byres, Maltby, was diagnosed with bowel cancer two years ago. She has been given the all clear.

She said: “I put off going to the doctors as I thought I just had an upset tummy. After three months I went to the doctors after the problems persisted.

“I was referred to the hospital and right up to me seeing the tumour on the screen I was convinced that I didn’t have cancer. But when I saw it, I had to believe it.

“I waited three months but it was still caught early. For others, this might not be the case.”

For more information search for NHS Doncaster Cancer Awareness on Facebook.