Cancer Champions stories

Would you be able to spot the possible early signs of cancer in a friend or relative?

Below you can read stories from those who have attended a Cancer Champions awareness session and find out how they’ve used their cancer knowledge to help save lives. If you’ve also attended a session and would like to share your story, click here to visit our contact page.


Encouraging others to take part

Read Amanda's story

Image of police uniform, saying 'Police Staff' on the back.


Cancer knowledge at work

Read David's story

Jo, a research fellow at Hull York Medical School.


Improving screening uptake

Read Jo's story

Sarah, who has long brown wavy hair, wears a white t shirt and smiles at the camera while holding a latte coffee.


Attending after a diagnosis

Read Sarah's story

Thinking of booking a place at one of our upcoming Cancer Champions awareness sessions?

Click here to find out more about the training and sign up.

Patient stories

Each person whose life has been affected by cancer has a different story to tell.

Scroll down to read, hear, and view the personal stories told by patients and carers. Our thanks go to those who have been willing to share their stories to encourage early diagnosis and ensure better outcomes for others affected by cancer.


Coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis

Read Allyson's Story


Experiencing pancreatic cancer

Read Andrew's story
Headshot photo of Helen and her husband. They are both looking at the camera and smiling.


Living with ovarian cancer

Read Helen's story
Sharon, who was diagnosed with breast cancer after learning about the symptoms during a Cancer Champion Awareness Session. She has cheekbone length light brown hair and wears black square glasses. She is looking to the right and slightly smiling.


‘Learning about cancer saved my life’

Watch Sharon's story
Christine, a pancreatic cancer survivor, looks into the camera and smiles. She is wearing a red sparkly long-sleeved top and has brown cropped hair.


Experiencing pancreatic cancer

Read Christine's story


Getting support for cervical cancer

Read Sarah's story
Beckie, a girl in her mid-20s, smiling at the camera. She has blonde hair that's just longer than her shoulders, blue eyes and a piercing in her left nostril.


Cervical screening during a pandemic

Read Beckie's story
Carol Miller, founder of York Haematology Support group and Acute Myeloid Leukaemia survivor smiling and holding an award from the Lymphoma Association.


Visiting your GP during Covid-19

Read Carol's story
A headshot of Zoe, a woman who has survived cancer twice, smiles to the camera. She has shoulder-length brown hair and is wearing a purple 'York Breast Friends' polo shirt.


Surviving ovarian and breast cancer

Watch Zoe's story


Living with incurable bowel cancer

Watch Ian's story
Headshot of Margaret Allbones, a cancer survivor who shared her story with us. She is smiling, looking slightly to the right of the camera, and wearing a black jumper. She has cropped blonde hair and is wearing small gold hoop earrings.


The importance of noticing what’s ‘normal’

Read Margaret's story

Targeted Lung Health Check logo NHS Targeted Lung Health Checks – Patient Stories

NHS Targeted Lung Health Checks can help to save lives through earlier diagnosis of lung cancer and other conditions. Read and listen to some of the stories from people that have benefitted from the Lung Health Checks so far.

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To hear more stories from local people who have experienced cancer, listen to the You CANcervive Podcast created by Yorkshire Cancer Community in partnership with the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance. Hosted by cancer survivors Arzoo and Rob, the podcast aims to make cancer an everyday conversation.

To listen, please click here or search ‘You CANcervice Podcast’ on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Amazon Music.