‘I’m lucky to be alive after beating cancer twice’

Mark with wife Andie
Mark with wife Andie
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A Lancashire man is celebrating news he is cancer free after undergoing gruelling treatment and a bone marrow transplant.

Mark Blackwell, 47, who grew up in Leyland and now lives in Hesketh Bank, near Preston, discovered a lump his neck and went to get it checked out.

However, doctors told him to go to the dentist as they thought it was an abscess and dentists sent him back to doctors.

This situation carried on for months and it was only when Mark and wife Andie moved to Hesketh Bank that his new doctor referred him to hospital for investigations.

Mark was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and medics later told him if he had not been diagnosed when he was, he would have been months from death. A scan has now revealed the treatment was successful.

Mark said: “I definitely 100 per cent should not be here today and know how lucky I am.”

- Full story in today’s LEP