Real stories

Real stories

Have you influenced a loved one to get checked early? Or did you get checked early and now live a full life? We'd love to hear from you – your story could encourage someone else to visit their GP practice or take part in screening.

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  • Rona and Makala

    Makala Francis has hailed mum Rona Passmore as her survivor, ten years on from Rona’s recovery from ovarian cancer.

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  • Cath Johnstone

    Cath Johnstone was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2018 after visiting her GP with concerns about an inverted nipple.

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  • Helen and David

    Helen Westwood has spoken about what husband David’s cancer survival has meant to her in a bid to change the way the disease is viewed. 

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  • Alison Daly

    Alison Daly was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in August 2015 after visiting her GP concerned about a lump she felt in her breast.

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  • Arnott and Jean

    Arnott Wilson, 64, who has been married to Jean for 42 years, has spoken about what his wife’s survival meant to him. 

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  • Joe and John

    John Crofts finds himself saying a silent prayer of thanks every April, as the family mark son Joe’s ‘lung-iversary’ – eight years on from Joe’s...

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  • William Laidlaw

    William Laidlaw, 63 from Govan, was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2017 after going to see his GP with a tickly cough he’d had for a while.

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  • Robert Hay

    Robert Hay, who survived a prostate cancer diagnosis, is backing the latest Detect Cancer Early campaign and sharing his story in a bid to help...

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  • Sylvia and Jim

    Jim MacLeod has spoken about how he couldn’t imagine life without wife Sylvia, two years after she was given the all clear after treatment for...

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  • Lynda and Gary

    Lynda Dobinson was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August 2018 after completing her routine bowel screening test, and has made a full recovery after...

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  • Bill Culbard

    In February 2000 we had a friend staying with us for a week from California. She was a nurse and noticed that I had a really bad wheeze at night. I...

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  • Thomas Small

    Thomas Small, 23 from Airdrie, refers to mother Christine as the ‘centre of the family’ and is so thankful that she attended her breast screening...

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  • Lisa Maher

    Lisa Maher, 30, from Glasgow, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2011 after attending a routine cervical screening appointment.

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  • Brian Gemmell

    Father of two Brian Gemmell, 53, from East Kilbride was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014 after seeing his GP with concerns about swelling of his...

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  • Daniel McLaughlin

    Daniel McLaughlin, 75 from Drumchapel, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016 after undergoing treatment for a tumour that was found in his mouth.

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  • Jane Grant

    Jane Grant, 54 from Wishaw, was diagnosed with lung cancer in September 2012 after failing to respond to treatment for rheumatoid pain. When the...

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  • John MacKenzie

    John MacKenzie, 71, from Crieff was diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2011 after being sent for an x-ray by his GP.

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  • Colin Thompson

    Colin, 61, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013. He said: I’d been peeing a bit more than normal but I just put it down to the cold weather...

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  • Ruth Dalgleish

    Ruth Dalgleish, 63, was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2014 after becoming concerned when she coughed and noticed blood on her tissue.

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