LIN­ING up to beat CAN­CER

Lesley hopes to help the na­tion to health by en­cour­ag­ing bowl can­cer screen­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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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