A STUDENT diagnosed with cancer after finding a lump on his neck is urging others not to ignore warning signs.
Jonathan Stanhope-Smith, 22, is hoping his story of remission from lymphoma will encourage others in a similar position.
The Durham University student is organising a charity rugby match to raise awareness of the condition.
“We also aim to help to raise a little money for the lymphoma charity as well,” said Jonathan.
“I had a lump on my neck in October of 2010 and didn’t get it checked out as soon as I should have done.
“I would urge anyone in a similar position to go to their GP sooner rather than later.
“My last treatment was in June of last year, so I am in remission.
“The good news is there is a 90 per cent chance the cancer will not return.
“My experience shows that people do make a good recovery.”
Jonathan was told he is fairly typical of a lymphoma sufferer.
“It tends to be people in the younger age group,” he said. “And the symptoms are often a painless lump on the neck or under the armpit.
“Cases are on the increase and no one seems to knows why.
“There doesn’t appear to be a known cause, but at least the survival and recovery rate is high.”
Jonathan is doing a degree in sports science and has organised the rugby league game between teams from the university’s Durham and Stockton campuses.
The game will take place on June 8 under lights on the artificial pitch at the university’s Maiden Castle sports ground, Stockton Road, Durham City.
Kick-off is 7.30pm, admission £2.
For those unable to get to the game, Jonathan is asking for donations to the Lymphoma Association: www.lymphomas.org.uk