Preston cancer survivor on why women should sign up for Race for Life

Sue Salisbury, from Lea, is urging women to take part in the 2015 Race for Life in Moor Park, Preston
Sue Salisbury, from Lea, is urging women to take part in the 2015 Race for Life in Moor Park, Preston
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A college teacher who survived breast cancer is urging the women of Preston to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Moor Park in May. Laura Wild reports

Sue Salisbury had just returned from a family holiday when she discovered a lump on her breast.

The mum-of-three hadn’t been aware of the lump until her husband found it and urged her to visit the GP.

Sue, who was aged 42 at the time, was not initially worried and believed there would be a simple explanation.

However, following an ultrasound and a biopsy, results showed the 2cm lump was cancerous.

Sue, from Lea, who is now aged 44, said: “The hardest part was telling my three daughters.

“There were two cancer stories at the same time in Coronation Street and Emmerdale which made it easier for them to understand what was happening, but it was still tough going.

“Doctors told me I was very lucky to have been diagnosed so early as my type of cancer would have grown aggressively, so it’s thanks to my husband Pete for having found the lump and making me go to the GP.”

Sue, who teaches at Runshaw College, underwent surgery to have the lump removed, as well as lymph nodes at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital. Fortunately, the cancer had not spread.

She underwent chemotherapy treatment which initially made her so ill she ended up in hospital for a week. Once the dose was changed, Sue coped much better, but had to undergo an extended course of treatment which concluded in March of last year.

Sue then completed a course of radiotherapy before celebrating the end of her cancer treatment by taking part in Race for Life in Preston just the following month.

She still needs check-ups every three months.

Now Sue is calling on women in the region to join her and sign up for the Cancer Research UK Race for Life event in Preston which takes place at Moor Park on Sunday, May 24, at 11am.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which raises millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner.

This year’s Preston event includes the usual 5k, and a new 10k event has been added for women and girls wanting to double their distance.

Last year, 1,900 women took part in Race for Life in Preston and raised a fantastic £90,000. This year, organisers need 1,950 women and girls to stride out to help raise £94,268.

Sue said: “I still get tired, but my hair has grown back and I am just glad to be here and getting on with life.

“Taking part in Race for Life is a brilliant experience and I would urge every woman to think about taking part and making a difference in the fight against cancer.”

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its work but the charity intends to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

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If you are taking part and want to share your reason why, contact Evening Post reporter Laura Wild at or on 01772 838167.