Family of bladder cancer victim urge people not to ignore the symptoms (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Family of Sadberge bladder cancer victim urge people not to ignore the symptoms
THE family of a man who courageously battled bladder cancer have urged people not to ignore the symptoms of the disease.
Father-of-two, Nigel Cartwright, died this summer aged 55 after fighting bladder cancer for more than seven years.
Before his death Mr Cartwright, from Sadberge, wrote a newsletter documenting his fight with the disease and sent it to his colleagues at Amec to raise awareness of urological cancers and to urge people not to ignore the symptoms.
In it he described how, in 2004, he began to notice he was getting up more during the night to go to the toilet, which he put down to drinking more and getting older.
In 2005 he began to pass blood in his urine, but, as it was not happening regularly, he ignored it and didn’t consult a doctor.
However in 2006, he eventually visited a GP who later diagnosed his symptoms as cancer.
Mr Cartwright also urged sufferers of the disease to have a positive mental attitude and encourage people to share their worries with their loved ones.
His daughter, Victoria, 31, said: “If you have any of the symptoms do not be scared to go to the doctor. If you do not feel the diagnosis is right then keep going back and keep on at them, as they did misdiagnose my dad at first.
“In terms of the family, just do not give up, and don’t assume the worst. There are a lot of people who do get better.
“You have got to try and carry on as normal as possible and keep strong for them.”
After being so moved by his story, Mr Cartwright’s colleagues, Jan Howson and Simone Eliott, took part in tandem skydives in September in his memory to raise money for Ucan - the Urological Cancer Charity.
The pair’s fundraising challenge raised more than £2,000, to which Amec added another £1,000, bringing their total amount to £3,116, which was presented to Mr Cartwright’s children, Daniel and Victoria, at a special event on Friday (November 1).
“They (Daniel and Victoria) were absolutely over the moon with it,” said Ms Howson.
“One of the things Victoria said was that Nigel really enjoyed working for Amec, he was always so happy.”
Urological cancers account for one third of all cancers in men, and one fifth of all cancers in men and women.
For more information or support visit ucanhelp.org.uk
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