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Widow's cancer plea one year on

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

  • Mandy Mifsud with her daughter Evangeline in Truro, wearing their lung cancer awareness T-shirts.

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THE SUDDEN death of her beloved husband has prompted a Truro widow to campaign against lung cancer.

Sunday marked the first anniversary of Leonard 'Lenny' Mifsud's death who died unaware he had cancer weeks after falling ill with a persistent cough.

Now, on the first day of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, his wife Mandy has launched the Love My Lungs campaign to highlight the dangers of the deadliest cancer in the UK that claimed the life of her non-smoker father of two husband last year.

"Lenny was a fit and healthy family man who loved to travel and sail so it was the last thing I would have expected him to die of.

"November being lung cancer awareness month, I feel raising awareness would be a fitting tribute to him to make people more aware of this decease."

Mrs Mifsud has printed Love My Lungs T-shirts, which she will be wearing when she visits local doctors' surgeries and hospitals to drop off educational leaflets and posters.

She hopes the information will alert people to the early symptoms of the cancer such as a persistent cough.

The 52-year-old RAF ground equipment engineer suffered from a cough for about three weeks before seeking help.

After courses of antibiotics for pneumonia, calls to paramedics, a visit to an out-of-hours GP and three admissions to hospital, the cancer was not diagnosed until the day before Mr Mifsud died.

"Lenny did not even know he had it before he died. I just want the general public as well as the doctors to learn more about it.

"Lenny's doctors were looking for everything else but cancer so you can't help but wonder if things could have been different and maybe he would have had six months longer with us.

"I would urge people with a persistent cough to see their GP. Don't sit at home because it does spread so fast."

For information about lung cancer visit www.roycastle.org the only UK charity wholly dedicated to lung cancer.

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