A breast cancer survivor and mum-of-two has told how the decision to have a double mastectomy at the age of just 38 was a “no brainer”.
Sarah Lamming was diagnosed with the same cancer that killed her mother after she found a lump in her breast in December 2014.
But rather than having just the lump removed, Sarah elected to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction instead.
She underwent the operation at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital a year ago this week, and also had her lymph nodes removed.
Sarah, who proved negative also took the brave decision to undergo another operation to have her ovaries removed because a genetic link to ovarian cancer.
Now the 39-year-old and her husband Matthew, who live with their daughters Abigail, 12, amd Daisy, 9, in Runcton Holme, are gearing up for a 60-mile mile ride to help even more women survive the disease.
The couple are preparing to take part in the London to Cambridge bike ride on July 3 in aid of Breast Cancer Now – and are appealing for sponsors to help them raise as much money as possible.
Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer in January last year after doctors carried out a biopsy on the lump she found. She had previously undergone a mammogram because of a family history of breast cancer, but it had failed to pick anything up.
She also proved negative for the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 breast cancer gene, although doctors are convinced Sarah’s cancer was still genetic.
Explaining the decision to have a double mastectomy, she said: “It was a no brainer. If the cancer had ever come back and it wasn’t picked up early I could never of forgiven myself for not taking action when I could.”
Sarah, who runs her own laundry business, lost her mum to breast cancer 11 years ago, aged 59. Her aunt was also diagnosed with the disease when she was just 37. She underwent a mastectomy and lived into her 80s. Their grandmother suffered from breast cancer too.
Sarah decided to take up the London to Cambridge bike ride to help Breast Cancer Now save even more lives through breast cancer research.
She will be taking part in the event with husband Matthew, 39, who works for Snap-On Diagnostics in Lynn.
She said: “I want to raise wareness of breast cancer as well, and the importance of checking your breasts for abnormalities.”
To sponsor: www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Lamming