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Watch: 'The Lump' - New Cancer awareness video

Credit: Cancer Research UK

Nearly 40,000 people are diagnosed with Cancer in the north West every year.

Early diagnosis in the region is lower than the average for England, with only 52% diagnosed early compared with 54% in the rest of the country.

Cancer Research UK is running a month long campaign in March to encourage people to pay attention to lumps and bumps on their bodies.

This promotional video called 'The Lump' is aimed at getting people paying attention to the early signs of Cancer:

Former radiotherapist backs cancer lump campaign

Sisters Elizabeth and Amy Credit: Cancer Research UK

A former radiotherapist is backing a new cancer campaign that urges people to watch our for lumps and bumps.

Amy Horridge, who used to work at the hospital where she is now undergoing treatment, is keen to support the message.

She was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma after finding a lump on her neck.

Amy, who worked at the Rosemere Cancer Centre at Royal Preston Hospital, is now looking forward to completing her chemotherapy in time to marry British Aerospace engineer Toby Campbell in August.

I was getting ready to go out one night and just brushed my hand against a lump in my neck, around my left clavicle, about the size of a grape.

I realised something wasn’t right so, even though I felt well, I went to see my GP to get it checked out. He listened to my chest and also felt around my neck. That was when he discovered another, smaller lump on my right clavicle which I hadn’t noticed.

– Amy Horridge

Amy, who now works as a reception class teacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary in Preston, said her remaining lumps shrank to around half their size following the first couple of sessions of chemotherapy, and she now cannot feel them at all.

Amy’s sister Elizabeth is also supporting the campaign and will be running Race for Life, a series of 5K, 10K and Pretty Muddy events which raise money for cancer research, at Moor Park in Preston on 24 May.

We used to talk about red lights flashing when I worked as a radiotherapist, and there was definitely one flashing on this occasion. I didn’t feel right in myself.

Early diagnosis is really important. My consultant said I might have had cancer for a while, but I still feel like I caught it early.

He says to me during my fortnightly visits that we are 'going for a cure' which is reassuring as it shows that early diagnosis can change the overall outcome.The main thing now is that I finish my chemotherapy in time for my wedding in August.

– Amy Horridge

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Cancer campaign: Watch out for lumps and bumps

Cancer Research urge people to watch out for lumps Credit: PA

Cancer Research is running a month-long campaign in the North West trying to get us to pay more attention to the development of unexpected lumps and bumps on our bodies.

The charity says 40- thousand people in the region are diagnosed with the disease each year.

Early diagnosis of cancer in the North West is lower than the average for England, with only 52 per cent diagnosed early, compared with 54 per cent for the rest of the country

Beckham gives Manchester United fan a day to remember

David Beckham made a cancer patient's dream come true. Credit: PA

David Beckham made a cancer patient's dream come true when he paid a surprise visit to meet the youngster.

Lloyd Burton, 11, from Shrewsbury, met the star while filming Stand Up To Cancer, the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.

The Manchester United fan had his own budding football career cut short when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour (medulloblastoma) in May last year.

Before his diagnosis, he had been scouted by Manchester United, Aston Villa, Port Vale and Shrewsbury for their junior teams. But following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Lloyd now uses a wheelchair.

I had no idea that I was going to meet David Beckham, it was such a brilliant surprise.

"He was really nice and we chatted lots. He told me a bit about his family and other normal stuff and we talked about football quite a lot too. I love football and Beckham is one of my favourite players so I'll always remember that day."

– Lloyd Burton, Manchester United fan.

The meeting will be aired during Friday's Stand Up To Cancer TV show, starting at 7pm on Channel 4. For more information about the campaign, visit www.standuptocancer.org.uk

Full report: Cancer patient kept "in the dark" to help research

Irene Williams in a balaclava, hat and sunglasses to protect her. Credit: ITV News

This is how Irene Williams has appeared to the world for the last month.

Wrapped in a balaclava and wearing dark glasses whenever she's ventured out of her home.

Irene has inoperable bile duct cancer and is being treated by specialists at Aintree University hospital.

The drug she's been taking is light sensitive, so keeping away from sunlight has become the norm.

Patient 'lives in dark' for cancer treatment

A care assistant has become the first person in the world to take part in an international trial of a new cancer treatment.

But the procedure, being pioneered at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool has meant Irene Williams has had to spend a month away from bright light.

Irene was forced to completely cover her skin Credit: ITV

The drug Irene was given for bile duct cancer is a photosynsthesizer, meaning it would react to daylight.

So Irene was forced to completely cover up when she left the house.

Irene wore dark glasses and a face mask Credit: ITV

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Beating cancer in the dark

A care assistant has become the first person in the world to take part in an international trial of a new cancer treatment.

But the procedure, being pioneered at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool has meant Irene Williams has had to spend a month away from bright light.

Irene has bile duct cancer and the drug she's been taking is light sensitive, so keeping away from sunlight has become the norm.

Because her condition is inoperable she felt this was her only choice.

Cancer 'super hub' launched in Manchester

A new lung cancer initiative is being launched in Manchester to bring together top researchers in the fight against the disease. A 'centre of excellence' will combine skills from experts at places including the Christie and University of Manchester to come up with new treatments.

Cancer Research UK hope by drawing together world class research and medical expertise, lung cancer patients nationwide will benefit. The Centre will foster strong links with the local community, increasing awareness of the world-class cancer research taking place right on their doorstep.

“We are delighted to have been chosen as Cancer Research UK’s first Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence. By establishing the Centre jointly at Manchester and UCL, we are bringing together internationally renowned expertise across the full spectrum of lung cancer research.”

– Professor Caroline Dive, Manchester lead from the Cancer Research UK

Creating this new focal point for lung cancer research will help recruit global leaders in this field of research, adding further strength to the UK’s reputation for world class research.

Children's cancer battle highlighted on Facebook

Ruby Mae from Denton, diagnosed in 2010 age 5

Mums and dads set up the page in response to 'no make-up selfie' craze - which they thought trivialised the disease.

Parents of youngsters being treated on Ward 84 at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH) have posted photos of their children in response to the ‘no make up selfie’ trend.

Read more on the story here or click here to see the facebook page.

Josh, age 3, from Wigan has Burkitts Lymphoma Credit: MEN Syndication
Leo, 6, has a brain tumour Credit: MEN Syndication
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