Jo Lello-Dunn Programme Team Leader (PTL) of Vocational and Commercial Studies at Penwith College has beaten breast cancer after a diagnosis in 2019 and was heavily involved in Penwith College’s activity, taking every opportunity to encourage staff and students to regularly check their breasts.
Regular checking is an important message with Breast Cancer Now reporting that almost half of women in the UK aren’t checking their breasts regularly and Cancer Research UK finding that almost all those diagnosed at the earliest stage survive the disease.
On Breast Cancer Now’s Wear It Pink Day on 22 October, Jo set up an information and advice stand in Penwith College’s Student Services area where she spoke to staff and students that dropped by with any questions.
Truro College’s Student Services team delved into the pink section of their wardrobes to dress for the occasion too, decorating Student Services, sharing advice to highlight the importance of regular checking and raising awareness that they are here to help throughout the year.
Jo commented: "I am always around the Penwith College campus if anyone wishes to have a confidential chat at any time if they have any worries or concerns about themselves or others."
Following the discovery of a lump in her breast, Jo was diagnosed was breast cancer in 2019. She went through three unsuccessful lumpectomies that resulted in the need for a mastectomy later that year.
Breast Cancer Awareness month gave Jo a special opportunity to raise awareness and offer support to staff and students across the campus as well as her friends and family.
One in seven women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and the earlier this is detected and diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment.
It was because of Jo’s prompt action to visit her GP that the cancer was caught early on. Jo has since been given the all-clear and is now 2 years cancer-free.
“I want to raise as much awareness as possible to encourage both men and women to check their breasts on a regular basis as early detection really is the best prevention and certainly proved to be the case for me,” said Jo.
With cakes and confectionary donated by students in the College’s training restaurant, Senara, Jo was able to raise almost £50 for Breast Cancer Now.
For more information and support visit breastcancernow.org. College students are encouraged to contact Student Services or Jo directly at Penwith College for help and advice.