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Story behind our 60 mile charity cycle
As you probably know, three of our team are cycling 60 miles for Jo’s cervical cancer trust. The main charity for this event is Manchester’s Christie Hospital but our Multimedia Creative Scott chose a charity that is a bit closer to home.
Scott’s girlfriend, Jacky Hayward, was diagnosed with cervical cancer at 25 and ever since has been campaigning for testing at the earlier age of 20. In England, women aren’t called for cervical screening until they are 25 but for the rest of Britain the age is 20.
Jacky had four operations to remove her tumour and before the final op she was warned her womb may have to be removed. Fortunately, surgeons were able to avoid a hysterectomy and Jacky didn’t need chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment.
Jacky originates from Wales and would have been screened for cervical cancer at 20 if she hadn’t moved to England. With the earlier screening Jacky’s cervical abnormalities would have been detected sooner and she wouldn’t have had to go through the stress of operations and treatment.