Tyne & Wear

Berwick woman joins NHS cancer awareness tour

Louise Dryden
Image caption Louise Dryden now has the all-clear after she was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago

A woman who suffered from cancer is taking to the road in camper van to help others detect early signs of the disease.

Louise Dryden, from Berwick, was successfully treated for breast cancer in 2009 and is going on tour in Northumberland.

Mrs Dryden has joined an NHS team in Daisy, the VW van, to raise awareness of breast, bowel and lung cancers.

The two-week tour starts on Wednesday in Berwick.

Mrs Dryden said: "I want to encourage people, particularly women because of my own experience, to be aware of what's going on in their body and to be alert to changes. Catching cancer early can literally save your life.

"I think the Daisy cancer camper van is a great way of getting out into the more rural parts of Northumberland.

"We have a very strong community spirit in Berwick and I hope that the community gets behind the Daisy bus and its important message of knowing the early symptoms of cancer and not to delay going to see your GP if you think something's wrong."

Image caption The camper van is visiting Berwick, Alnwick, Hexham, the Seahouses and Rothbury

It is hoped that the relaxed atmosphere of Daisy will provide a more comfortable environment for people to discuss a subject they're often afraid to talk about.

The tour has been organised by the North of Tyne Healthy Communities Collaborative (HCC).

Lesley Davie, of the group, said: "Research has shown that whilst the majority of people have been touched by cancer through family and friends, worryingly many are unaware of the symptoms of the disease and may be too embarrassed or frightened to make an appointment with their GP if something appears to be wrong.

"We've organised the Daisy cancer campervan as part of our ongoing work to raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms of the most common cancers amongst residents of rural Northumberland."

See a full list of where the campervan is visiting here.

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