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Breast cancer survivor: ‘All you want is the cancer to go away, you want it gone’

Septuagenarian Helen McBride is an example that there’s life after losing a loved one and facing a personal cancer journey

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Celebration: Helen McBride celebrates her birthday last week

Celebration: Helen McBride celebrates her birthday last week

Helen McBride with surgeons Chris Hoo and Ciara McGoldrick at Kingsbridge

Helen McBride with surgeons Chris Hoo and Ciara McGoldrick at Kingsbridge

Surgeons Mr Chris Hoo and Ms Ciara McGoldrick

Surgeons Mr Chris Hoo and Ms Ciara McGoldrick

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Celebration: Helen McBride celebrates her birthday last week

The retired teacher and mum-of-two had had a routine mammogram nine months prior to her breast cancer diagnosis in 2019 and everything was clear.

I’ve had the mammogram looked at again by experts and it definitely was clear, there was nothing on it. Nine months later, I had stage three breast cancer, so it developed very quickly, which is quite scary,” says Helen (71), from Lisburn.


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