To mark Lung Cancer Awareness Month, friends Sally Hayton and Sally Hall are sharing their experiences to raise awareness of lung cancer in ‘never smokers’ – people who have smoked less than 100 cigarettes in their life.
The two women met at a lung cancer patient support group. They both have stage 4 lung cancer which is considered incurable but treatable. Nine years since their diagnosis they are both still here thanks to research and improvements in treatments. Now they volunteer with Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance helping to make improvements for other lung cancer patients and working with healthcare professionals to raise awareness.
Sally Hayton, now 58, a retired occupational therapist, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013 and treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
She said: “Since I’ve been diagnosed, I know lung cancer can affect anyone. I’ve met people in support groups in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s and beyond. The youngest person I met was just 17. If you’ve got lungs, you can get lung cancer. It’s so important that people realise this.