Nose cancer survivor Adam is guest of honour at Colchester's Relay for Life (From Essex County Standard)
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Nose cancer survivor Adam is guest of honour at Colchester's Relay for Life
11:09am Tuesday 6th August 2013 in News
A DAD-OF-THREE who defied the odds to beat cancer will be the guest of honour at Colchester’s Relay for Life.
Adam Spink was given a 20 per cent chance of survival after he was diagnosed with a rare form of nose cancer that spread to his brain.
He was given the all-clear by doctors on Thursday and will not have to return to hospital for a year.
Adam, 37, thought he had nothing more than a bad cold before being diagnosed with cancer of the septum - the middle part of the nose - two years ago.
He had to endure an 11-and-a-half hour operation, which involved doctors removing parts of his face to cut out the cancer, and 12 weeks of radiotherapy.
Adam, who is back at work at Mercedes Benz in Loughton, said: “I thought it was a cold, it felt like a runny nose.
“I had nose bleeds and then it progressed.
“It took about eight months before they could find out what was wrong because it is so rare.”
Adam, of Wordsworth Avenue, Maldon, was dealt a double blow after a check-up in September last year when he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
He said: “Originally when I was diagnosed I was at 20 per cent survival.
“Now I am at 80 per cent.
“Today I never really give cancer a moment’s thought, I just get on with life.”
He has been invited to Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life at Colchester Garrison’s athletics track as guest of honour.
He will walk the first lap of the track with other survivors.
He said: “I am looking forward to going. So many people are affected by cancer it is crazy not to help out.”
For more information visit relay.cancerresearchuk.org.
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