LINING up to beat CANCER
Lesley hopes to help the nation to health by encouraging bowl cancer screening
A Rutherglen woman is hoping to do her bit for the nation’s health after appearing in an advert to encourage bowel cancer screening.
Lesley Miller Tierney was only too happy to help out when her linedancing school was asked to appear in the high profile campaign.
The former Bankhead and Stonelaw pupil herself makes sure she screens regularly.
Sadly, she recently attended the funeral of a customer who had the disease.
Semi-retired Lesley, who has been dancing for 55 years and teaching it for 44, said: “This is all about bowel screening and making sure you are free of cancer.
“It’s a safeguard and will make you feel better. “I’ve taken the test three or four times now. I wasn’t too sure about it at first, but then I read all the instructions and decided to go for it. My husband got one in the next day and I encouraged him to do it too.
“It can be a bit daunting, the first time, but it gives you peace of mind.
“In actual fact, one of my customers, who was from Rutherglen, died last week. She had bowel cancer and Crohns disease, which is in the bowel.
“Everyone with cancer was on my mind when I was doing it, I just wish everyone would do the screening and safeguard themselves.”
The advert, which also stars comedian Fred MacAuley and singer/actress Clare Grogan, sees a number of individual and groups trying to persuade the fictional housewife Mrs Hutchison to take the test in the privacy of her own bathroom.
Filmed in Uddingston, Lesley and her troupe spent eight hours on set.
But Lesley, who stays on Kingsbridge Drive, revealed the producers made a presumption when she and the girls arrived.
She laughed: “They dressed us up as cowboys, we don’t do that in line- dancing, it’s old hat. We were really cowgirls on the day. “It was great fun watching everyone else. It’ a long day, but it’s great fun in the end.”
She added: “Our line dancers are very generous and throughout this year they raised £1050 for the Beatson, £750 for MS and £1381/50 for Marie Curie. For the future, they will try to raise funds for bowel cancer.
Every year, half a million people in Scotland complete and return their bowel screening kits, and although the figure is higher than ever before, the new campaign is targeting those who put off taking the test.
Statistics show that the likelihood of surviving bowel cancer is 14 times higher if detected at an early stage compared to a late stage, and the home bowel screening test - offered to people aged 50 to 74 - remains the most effective way of finding the disease.
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “The campaign is a tongue in cheek way of getting across a serious message.”
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Let’s dance Lesley Miller Tierney and her dance troupe