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Cancer survivor tells of how lump grew on top of cyst

Natalie Peat ran Royal Parks half-marathon after her recovery

23 October, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Natalie Peat with her friend Gavin

NATALIE Peat was just 17 when she had her first breast cancer scare. She found a lump that was passed off as “just a cyst”, but several years later it started to grow and she got it checked again.

Both sides of her family had a history of breast cancer and both her grandmothers had died from the disease. Natalie, now 32 and living in Highbury, has been given the all-clear.

On holiday in Mexico in August following her recovery from treatment for breast cancer

She said: “I genuinely thought that it would be nothing serious. At 29 this same lump started to get bigger. I was assured by my GP that lumps don’t change, therefore if it was a cyst 12 years ago, then it will be the same now. However, to err on the side of caution she sent me to the hospital to have it checked. They did a biopsy and found that a lump had grown on top of the original cyst. A week later I received the results to say that this new lump was cancerous.”

Ms Peat, who works in investment banking, joined more than 16,000 runners in the Royal Parks half-marathon earlier this month.

Offering a tip for handling news of a cancer diagnosis, she added: “Allow yourself time to heal. Book plenty of fun things to look forward to. Eat healthily, but don’t deny yourself the odd treat. When you’re feeling low sometimes only a cuppa and a Chocolate Hobnob will do!”

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