Demesne is leading the campaign to cut the number of cancer deaths in Middleton. Sisters Christine Abbott and Mal McCall have fronted the campaign to have a digital mammography machine installed in Middleton for the past three years.
Currently breast cancer patients have to travel to Rochdale, Bury or North Manchester for regular mamomgraphs
They are sure that having a machine in Middleton will dramatically increase the number of men and women having regular checks for breast cancer, meaning problems can be detected sooner, and the number of deaths from the disease cut.
And it seems the sisters are not alone as 7,000 people have already signed a petition backing their calls to have a digital mammography machine installed somewhere in the town.
For Christine Abbott, her cancer-battle began in 2004 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a mastectomy and chemotherapy she was able to beat the disease, but she has since turned her attentions to help more people like her.
She said: “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2006 and I had a mastectomy followed by eight rounds of chemotherapy. Having Breast Cancer is an emotional journey, I have always been positive and determined that this was not going to beat me.
“After my treatment, I wanted to give something back to society for helping to make me well again. I became an active member of Breakthrough Breast Cancer who help ordinary people like me to give something back and to help raise awareness of the importance of breast screening and why valuable research into why so many people develop breast cancer.”
Since the campaign started hopes have been high that a digital mammography will come to Middleton.
And despite recent setbacks, the sisters are determined that they will be successful.
Their campaign is also being backed by the Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Alan Godson.
Councillor Godson, who lost his wife to cancer in 2008, said: “I know from bitter experience what cancer can do to families and anything that can be done cut the number of people dying from it must be a good thing.”...