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“Touched By Cancer” Animated – Three Short Animations Illuminate the Importance of Cancer Screening

In three compelling short animations, we invite you to step into the lives of three individuals from Halton and explore their personal experiences with cancer screening.

Aiming to create cancer awareness and highlight the importance of proactive measures, “Touched By Cancer” is a vital initiative brought to you by our Let’s Talk Cancer project, proudly funded by Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance and administered by Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action.

From a Tiny Pea to Stage Two Cancer: Sam’s Remarkable Cancer Journey

Meet Sam, whose story begins with a small, seemingly inconspicuous lump, no bigger than a frozen pea. In the blink of an eye, that pea-sized lump grew to the size of a golf ball. 

Further medical tests unveiled not just one but four tumours, and Sam was unfortunately diagnosed with stage two cancer. The battle that followed included the removal of these lumps and ongoing cancer treatment, which has left Sam with a lifelong challenge of battling Lymphedema.

Sam’s story is a powerful reminder of the importance of taking those early cancer warning signs seriously and the impact of seeking timely medical advice for more effective and efficient treatment.

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Family History: Karen’s Cancer Diagnosis Journey


Cancer doesn’t always strike randomly; sometimes, it lurks in the shadows of family history. Karen’s journey is a testament to this reality. She shares her poignant story, where her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis played a pivotal role in shaping her own health decisions.

In Karen’s case, having a first-degree relative diagnosed with breast cancer doubled her own risk. This revelation led her to prioritise regular screening, a choice that ultimately unveiled her own cancer diagnosis. Karen’s story highlights the importance of being vocal at the doctors, advocating for yourself, and pushing for those critical checks if you have any worries or concerns.

This animation is a stark reminder of the significance of awareness and early detection, especially when a familial link to cancer exists.


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Not Every Lump Means Cancer, But Checking Matters!


Nicola’s story begins with the discovery of a breast lump.

Upon seeking medical advice and undergoing thorough examinations, Nicola’s lump turned out not to be cancerous. While it’s undeniably a nerve-wracking experience to find a lump, Nicola’s story sheds light on a crucial aspect of cancer screening – not every lump means cancer, but checking matters.

Nicola’s animation serves as a beacon of hope and a reminder of the significance of reaching out to healthcare professionals when in doubt. It’s about understanding your own health, facing uncertainties head-on, and gaining the much-needed peace of mind that comes from early intervention and medical expertise.


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Want to hear more about Sam, Karen and Nicola’s remarkable stories? Make sure to listen to our “Touched by Cancer” below!


These animations were made in collaboration with Cath Garvey.


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