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Male cancer survivor in bid to educate youngsters

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 04, 2014

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A MALE breast cancer survivor looks set to head back to his former school to urge youngsters to make sure they keep a watchful eye out for signs of the disease.

Vivian Hankey is hoping he can advise pupils at Paulet High School, in Violet Way Stapenhill, about the real dangers faced by men from cancer.

This comes only days after the Winshill resident spoke candidly about the time he was diagnosed with the disease and how he wanted to use experiences to make sure other men get themselves ‘checked out’.

The 71-year-old said: “I thought to myself that it is not just the older male that needs alerting to the fact that they can get this kind of cancer but it can also attack the younger person no mater what there sex.

“This is why I thought to get in touch with my old school, which was called Hill Side Secondary Modern and is now called Paulet High School.

“I let them know that I was an old boy of the school and briefly gave them my name and very nervously said that they may have seen my piece in the Mail.

“I asked if they wanted me on my experiences, if my nerves would let me, and it seems as if I will be soon explaining to young men about how I battled breast cancer and survived.”

Mr Hankey will tell the youngsters about when doctors told him they thought he might have breast cancer, forcing him to face an agonising wait before undergoing surgery to remove a lump from his chest.

He said: “I noticed a small lump under my left nipple in the late 1980s.

“Luckily for me, apart form the little crease in the skin of my chest, the outcome was good and I was, from that point, cancer free. It is fair to say that I was very happy.

“However, I always think back to that time and think that if nobody had taken any notice of me and my concerns initially, then the outcome may well have been a lot different.”

“I hope that this will in some way help both the young and slightly older men overcome the thoughts that men do not and cannot get breast cancer in any way, shape or form.

“I want to push thoughts away from the silly idea that it is still only the female half of the world population that can get this.”

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