James Gordon

James Gordon is 28 and lives in London. His Nan was diagnosed with womb cancer in June 2017, after having abnormal vaginal bleeding.

It’s good to talk:

I’m really, really lucky in as much as my family is very open with each other. We all talk to each other, we aren’t afraid to say if we have got a problem health wise. We don’t keep things to ourselves and I’m very, very close to my Nan and would happily tell her anything. She was the person that I would tell dirty jokes to when I was eleven or twelve, to test them out and if I got a laugh from her, I knew they were good.

Be aware of abnormal bleeding:

She is such an important person to me, and I’m so glad that it was found and dealt with so quickly. It’s not the same for everyone; younger women will probably find it more difficult to find that sort of thing, because they maybe would bleed and not think that much about it. I think it’s really, really important that this is something people are aware of. I encourage my Mum, my sister, my girlfriend, my family, my friends, that you should definitely pick up more awareness of gynaecological cancers. They can be difficult to spot, and if you let things process and you put things off, they can develop and get worse and worse, and it can lead to really, really bad results.

Get involved:

I was really lucky with my Nan, but I would encourage people to not take just having an experience of it as the reason to get involved in these things. You should actively be involved, you should actively look to make the world a better place by getting rid of womb cancer.