So far in life I have been incredibly lucky, I have only had two people close to me die of cancer.

The first was my grandfather, Donny, who let me move in with him when I was having typical teenage battles with my Dad (that were all Dad’s fault, of course). Donny had a profound influence on my character and I still wear his wedding band to this day.

The second person I lost to cancer was Danny Francis, a friend from university days. Dan was a gregarious, larger than life characters whose death in 2010 proved to me that cancer doesn’t care how invincible and full of life we all think we are, it will still have a damned good crack at you.

When Gary Bertwistle said he thought doing a What I Wish I Knew book on cancer was a good idea I was quietly pleased, when he told me that Tour de Cure would like to produce the book with me, I was absolutely thrilled.

Because every 29 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with cancer and, in an instant, they have to come to terms with a whole new future. To help make this adjustment just that little bit easier, here is a collection of real advice from real people who have all had their own first hand experience of the disease. Survivors and pre-vivors, medical professionals and loved ones, all passing on what they have learned about the best ways to prevent, treat and eventually outlast cancer.

What I Wish I Knew about Cancer is produced in association with Tour de Cure, and the authors are proud to donate all their royalties to curing this indiscriminate, stubborn and, let’s face it, bloody obnoxious disease.