A COUNCIL worker who survived breast cancer has backed a new campaign to fund research.

Mum-of-two Lindsay Taylor knows how crucial breakthroughs in treatment can be, and wants others to join her in supporting Cancer Research UK.

Lindsay, 41, of Cloister Drive, Darwen, found a lump under her arm last April, and learned she had cancer in her left breast.

Just weeks later, she underwent surgery to have the breast removed, followed by chemotherapy, and recently completed the first stage of reconstructive surgery.

Lindsay’s health will be monitored for five years, while benign tumours were found on her right breast, so she will have more surgery to ensure the cancer does not return.

The Blackburn with Darwen Council administrator, who is mum to Jessica, 18, and Holly, 10, has taken part in Blackburn’s Race for Life in Witton Park for two years, to raise cash for the charity.

She said: “I am so grateful for the treatment that saved my life. I want to do everything I can to urge people to fight against this devastating disease. Success stories like mine would not be possible without the charity’s life-saving work, which in turn relies on everyone who raises money.”

Cancer Research UK’s Beat Cancer Sooner campaign is encouraging people to take part in fundraisers, donate goods to their nearest shop, or volunteer for the charity.

Among landmark advances in recent years was the development of tamoxifen, a hormonal therapy now regularly used.

Jane Bullock, Cancer Research UK’s spokesman for Lancashire said: “Every step we take towards beating cancer relies on every hour of research, every pound donated and every person who gets involved.”