Life with cancer through a lens

Cancer survivors and photography enthusiasts are being drawn together to help support patients diagnosed with cancer in a new competition.

The Fylde coast’s ‘living with and beyond cancer’ team based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital is launching a photography competition with the aim of making a 2019 calendar for cancer patients. The calendar will provide support information and inspire them to enjoy life despite the trying times of battling the disease.

The competition is looking for pictures based on the theme ‘with cancer I can…’ which depict people living with cancer doing activities or just enjoying life. The idea is to show that life does not stop with a cancer diagnosis and that patients can still enjoy doing things that make them happy; something that is essential in maintaining a positive attitude during treatment.

The pictures can be taken especially for the competition or could be ones people have taken of family or loved ones in the past. From entries 12 winners will be chosen which will be used in the calendar. The other entries will be added to an online album for patients to view.

Dr Adam Janjua, A Fylde GP and clinical lead for cancer at NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group said: “One of our key priorities across the Fylde coast health service is to provide better support for people living with and beyond cancer. We have spoken with cancer patients and they have come up with the idea of the calendar which we will include information and advice on along with the motivational pictures.”

To enter the competition pictures can either be uploaded to the NHS Blackpool CCG Facebook page or on twitter using #withcancerican. They can also be emailed to [email protected].

The closing date for entries is Friday 31 August 2018 with winners being announced in September.

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