Joining forces to beat deadly bowel cancer

Nurse Pam Jackson is organising a fundraising charity event to raise awareness about bowel cancer.'L to R) Jenny Clarke, Reg Mills, Pam Jackson, Craig Palmer.'h8924a223
Nurse Pam Jackson is organising a fundraising charity event to raise awareness about bowel cancer.'L to R) Jenny Clarke, Reg Mills, Pam Jackson, Craig Palmer.'h8924a223
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A BOWEL cancer survivor and the nurse specialist that helped him throughout his battle are hosting a charity night.

Craig Palmer, 41, of Grange View, Hemsworth, was diagnosed with a tumour seven months ago, but after an operation and months of chemotherapy, he has had the all clear from doctors.

He met Pam Jackson, colorectal clinical nurse specialist at Pinderfields Hospital – where Mr Palmer had the small football-sized tumour removed in October.

Together they wanted to host an evening to collect money for Beating Bowel Cancer and to raise awareness of the disease.

Mrs Jackson, of White Apron Street, South Kirkby, said: “Bowel cancer is the third most common type of cancer and the earlier we can catch it, the easier it is to treat.”

Mr Palmer’s diagnosis was all the more crushing as his father died from bowel cancer aged 42.

Mr Palmer said: “It’s in my genes so I would urge anyone who has cancer in the family to get checked out.

“I was losing weight and was pale but didn’t have any of the other classic bowel cancer symptoms so it’s so important to get checked.”

Symptoms can include bleeding from the bottom, a change in bowel habits lasting more than three weeks, abdominal pain especially if severe, a lump in the stomach and weight loss and tiredness.

Mrs Jackson organised the event and Mr Palmer – who is a singer – will take to the stage at the free event. It takes place on Friday, June 8, at South Kirkby Miner’s Welfare – known as the cricket club. There will be other entertainers performing, a raffle and a Dutch auction.

Visit www.beatingbowelcancer.org for more information.