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'The book is Mark's legacy' Skin cancer victim's family publish diary of his battle

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The family of a young doctor from Bristol who died from skin cancer in 2017 has published his blog on living with the disease.

Dr Mark Sims, 28, died on January 19 after battling malignant melanoma caused by a genetic fault, which also affected other members of his family.

When he was first diagnosed, the junior doctor originally aimed to raise £300 for Cancer Research UK.

Since his death the sum has risen to more than £200,000.

Dr Mark Sims with his fiancee Georgie Latcham. Credit: Georgie Latcham

Mark Sims was just 15 when first diagnosed with skin cancer but was later given the all clear. In 2015, the disease returned and spread to his lung, liver, spleen and gall bladder.

Even when he was told his cancer was terminal, he was determined to keep on writing and make the most of the time he had left with his family and friends

As a former medical student at the University of Leicester, he even went back to campus to give a lecture about his diagnosis to current students and continued to raise awareness of the disease.

P.S. I have cancer - the book published by Mark's family in his honour. Credit: ITV News

Now Mark's blog had been published as a book by his family. His mother says it immortalises his positive sprit and leaves a lasting legacy of a man, determined to do all he could, to prevent others from losing their life to skin cancer.