'Today is the day I've beaten cancer': Teenager's tweet goes global

28 February 2013

A Welsh teenager announced on Twitter he had beaten a rare form of cancer, with his message being retweeted thousands of times.

Alex Baston from Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma a year ago and recently had a 4kg tumour removed from his thigh.

"Had my results and today is the day I've officially beaten cancer!!!!" the 17-year-old tweeted last Thursday.

His heart-warming message went global, being retweeted more than 9,300 times.

Speaking to the BBC, Alex said: "It was nice to see that people took time out of their day to congratulate me."

About a year ago Alex discovered a lump on the inside of his right thigh. After a visit to his GP he went for a scan and biopsy and in February 2012 was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma.

After a year of treatment Alex was told by his mother he had beaten the disease.

"I felt confident but when my mum rang I felt like the world had been lifted off my shoulders - I felt the most relaxed I had been in a year," he said.

A type of bone cancer, Ewing's sarcoma is the second most common primary sarcoma in children and young people. Fewer than 30 children in the UK develop the condition each year.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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