South Yorkshire woman’s cancer plea

Fiona Lemmon
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A woman who beat bowel cancer after a speedy diagnosis is backing a campaign to raise awareness of the condition.

Fiona Lemmon, of Clifton, Rotherham, was told she had bowel cancer – the second most fatal form of the disease in the UK – five years ago.

Because her tumour was located quickly, the 64-year-old was able to undergo keyhole surgery, meaning further treatment was not required.

She is supporting charity Beating Bowel Cancer’s Lift The Lid Day campaign, which takes place on Wednesday, April 16.

Fiona, a retired voluntary sector worker, said: “I would say to anyone with symptoms, get yourself off to the doctor.

“There’s no need to be embarrassed as they’ve seen it all before.

“It tends to be men who are more reluctant. Women are used to being prodded and poked, while men are more reticent.

“However, as time goes on, if left without inspection, the damage that can be done to your health is irreversible and life-threatening.”

More than 90 per cent of patients can be treated successfully, if diagnosed early, according to the charity.

Mark Flannagan, Beating Bowel Cancer chief executive, said: “Our campaign is a great opportunity to get people talking to raise awareness of the condition. Whether it’s a chat about your own experience of the disease, inspiring someone to go online and learn about the symptoms, or encouraging someone who is worried to talk to their doctor or contact our helpline – all of these conversations could be lifesaving.”

n For details, visit www.beatingbowelcancer.org/liftthelid