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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.


Educating about the risk of skin cancer

Read Tracy's Story


Coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis

Read Allyson's Story


Experiencing pancreatic cancer

Read Andrew's story


Living with ovarian cancer

Read Helen's story


‘Learning about cancer saved my life’

Watch Sharon's story


Experiencing pancreatic cancer

Read Christine's story


Getting support for cervical cancer

Read Sarah's story


Cervical screening during a pandemic

Read Beckie's story


Visiting your GP during Covid-19

Read Carol's story


Surviving ovarian and breast cancer

Watch Zoe's story


Living with incurable bowel cancer

Watch Ian's story


Noticing what is ‘normal’

Read Margaret's story

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

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Cancer knowledge at work

Read David's story

Jo, a research fellow at Hull York Medical School.


Improving screening uptake

Read Jo's story

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Overcoming barriers

Read Syeda'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.

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.