A mother who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer begged other women to get tested after nearly missing the signs she was sick.

Samantha Kneebone, 43, of Perranwell near Truro, learned in October that she had breast cancer.

Routine cancer screening, done because she has a gene that makes it more likely, was clear – but Samantha said she knew something was wrong.

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“I would have missed my diagnosis because I was breastfeeding my 15 month old son Corey,” Samantha said.

“Bumps and lumps are often canceled out because of breastfeeding and most of the time it’s nothing – but when I noticed one I insisted on being checked out just to be sure. .

“My recent mammogram has come back clear, which I have been doing regularly for ten years because of my BRCA1 gene. Then, when the lump was examined, I found out that I had breast cancer.

Samantha’s cancer, which she was told about on October 14, 2021, is spreading rapidly and could have been incredibly difficult to treat if it had gone unnoticed for longer.

She explained that for breastfeeding women, many breast abnormalities are either ignored, or just supposed to resolve on their own. But his latest experience tells him that caution is always a safe bet.

“It scares me to think of what could have happened if I hadn’t acted quickly,” she continued.

Samantha, a single mother and an employee of a local GP practice, clarified that the cancer missed during her routine screening was not a fault, rather it was not designed to research what she had – and added that the NHS has been fantastic all along.

“I am convinced that women should be reminded as often as possible that nothing is normal and that nothing should be left unchecked,” she explained.

“It sounds cliché, but if I can help a few people get diagnosed earlier, I can see a reason for what’s going on with me. “

She added, “Since being diagnosed this has been the most difficult time of my life. My son was my first thought when I was diagnosed he was a blessing and luckily I have a lot of people to help take care of him.



Samantha Kneebone was diagnosed with breast cancer in October

“I was absolutely convinced that my son would grow up without his mom.

“My heart broke at the thought of someone else taking her on her first day of school. I don’t know why but him in his little uniform carrying his little backpack (guess it will be Paddington) was all I could think of.

“I drove home, hugged my mom, then held Corey so tight and didn’t really let go for several weeks.”

From there, Samantha explained that due to her cancerous gene, she was immediately treated at the Mermaid Center, where she was diagnosed.

Otherwise, she might have had to wait for consultations and the availability of doctors.

As of this writing, Samantha has already had six chemotherapy sessions and will have more until February, which she says has been very difficult :.

“The team at Headland, where I go for chemo, talk about my side effects first, and they take everything seriously.

“For the pressure the NHS is under right now, my care has been incredible and I couldn’t feel luckier.”

However, the side effects of the treatment caught up with her and the infamous hair loss began to occur.

Samantha said she shared her concerns with friends and explained that she was going to shave her head rather than try to keep it.



Samantha (middle) with friends Tamsin, Claire, Lisa and Penny who all got buzzcuts for charity
Samantha (middle) with friends Tamsin, Claire, Lisa and Penny who all got buzzcuts for charity

To his surprise, they offered to do it as well and the group organized it as a charity event in hopes of raising £ 500 for the Sunrise Appeal, which funds the Royal Cornwall Hospital Cancer Center.

Friends Tamsin, Claire, Lisa and Penny – who herself also has cancer – went bald for charity yesterday (December 28) and have so far smashed their target, reaching just under £ 6,000 so far including Gift Aid.

“I couldn’t believe it when they said they would go bald,” Samantha joked.

“We have been friends for so many years, three of which I have been friends since elementary school. It was amazing to happen.

If you want to support the charitable effort, a JustGiving page is still active and the group is hoping to keep the money for this amazing cause. Check out the page here.

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