Dawn Butler has opened up about one of the toughest parts of her cancer diagnosis – how to tell her loved ones without worrying them. The Labour MP, 52, has spoken candidly about it, revealing earlier this year that she thought she might die after receiving the news following a routine mammogram. She has now teamed up with Metro.co.uk to launch the campaign A Million Missed Mammograms to try and persuade those yet to have a screening to get one booked. ‘You can survive breast cancer, and the earlier you find it the better,’ the former minister said. Ms Butler has thankfully recovered, but she had to endure some incredibly difficult days along the way. On top of the uncomfortable examination, the operation to remove cancerous cells and the fear her diagnosis may become more invasive, she also found herself struggling with something many might deem relatively simple – telling her family, friends and colleagues about what she was going through. The Brent Central MP … [Read more...] about ‘I’m not dying, but I have some bad news’: How MP broke news she had breast cancer
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Next month, TV presenter Fearne Cotton will be curating a special festival alongside breast cancer charity, CoppaFeel! – and Metro.co.uk is hopping on board as its proud sponsor. It’s the eleventh year Fearne, who is one of the charity’s patrons, has helped put on the event called Festifeel with CoppaFeel!’s founder Kris Hallenga, and this year they’re bringing in chart-toppers McFly as her headline act, as well as Radio DJ Adele Roberts taking a turn on the decks. ‘ Festifeel is a really important marker in the CoppaFeel! calendar for everyone,’ Fearne explains. ‘Mainly because it is a chance to really celebrate and come together, and music is the perfect way to do that. ‘It brings people together in the same space, where they can let go, have fun and and dance – but always with an undercurrent message, which is to check your chest. ‘It’s a simple message but one that we all need to be told many times over, so it becomes a regular practice. And there’s no … [Read more...] about Metro joins forces with Fearne Cotton’s festival for breast cancer charity CoppaFeel!
Dawn Butler has revealed she was diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine mammogram. The 52-year-old Labour MP released a public statement about her diagnosis as well as her recent surgery. Ms Butler said the cancer cells were discovered at a very early stage so it was something she would ‘get through and over’. However, she needed to take time off to fully recover. ‘Everything stood still as it does when you hear the dreaded C-word – it is a shock but an early diagnosis means that it is something that I will get through and over,’ Ms Butler wrote. ‘The NHS has caught my cancer early, the operation was a complete success, and I will make a full recovery. ‘However, I now have to take time off work for my recovery. Everyone who knows me knows that I am a workaholic and I love what I do – but unless I listen to medical advice and recover well, I will not be able to give my best. ‘I would like to thank Parliament, the Labour Party, local members and my team … [Read more...] about Dawn Butler reveals she has breast cancer and is set to make full recovery
Dame Olivia Newton-John had been a passionate campaigner for breast cancer awareness after fighting the disease since she was 44, with her work continuing even in death. The actress died at the age of 73 this week after battling cancer, but the legacy of the Grease star, played Sandy in the beloved musical opposite John Travolta , lives on. Raising awareness and vital funds for breast cancer research even in death, her family asked for donations to her own foundation in her memory in lieu of flowers. Her husband, John Easterling, said in a statement that Newton-John had died peacefully at her ranch in California, surrounded by family and friends. He added: ‘Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer . ‘Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.’ The Olivia … [Read more...] about Dame Olivia Newton-John’s fight for breast cancer awareness continues even in death
An NHS worker has said she feels "really lucky" after winning a £1m lottery jackpot just before getting the all-clear from her breast cancer treatment. Maxine Lloyd said she was keeping an eye on her fiance, Wayne Tilbury, who had recently collapsed with a chest infection, at 1.30am when she decided to "have a flutter" on the National Lottery's £30m Mega Cash Showdown Instant Win game. The 50-year-old thought a phone notification she received during her first batch of radiography treatment was a message from her partner - but it was actually a message from her bank to say the winnings had been transferred into her account. In the space of two weeks, Mr Tilbury, a 57-year-old builder, was taken to A&E with the chest infection, Ms Lloyd rang the bell to mark the successful ending of her cancer treatment, and the couple won £1m. "I feel really lucky," Ms Lloyd said. Advertisement "I'm here, I'm alive, and we've just had a bit of a cherry on the top … [Read more...] about NHS worker wins £1m lottery jackpot just before getting all-clear from cancer
An MP has pledged to ‘find a million missing mammograms’ in order to save lives across the UK. Dawn Butler has teamed up with Metro.co.uk as part of a new campaign to ensure cancer diagnoses are caught as early as possible. A million women in the UK are thought to have missed their most recent mammogram screenings. Thousands more could be living with breast cancer without realising. The pandemic has already led to backlogs across the healthcare sector and, as Britain battles through the living cost crisis, people are now struggling to find time for routine appointments that could save lives. Dawn has now teamed up with Metro.co.uk to launch the ‘A Million Missed Mammograms’ campaign. The Labour politician announced her cancer diagnosis earlier this year, following a routine mammogram last November. She’s now embarking on a mission to make sure others don’t put off essential appointments. Dawn told Metro.co.uk: ‘I want to find the missing million women who … [Read more...] about One million people have missed potentially lifesaving mammogram appointments
It’s estimated around a million women in the UK are thought to have missed their most recent mammogram screenings . As a result, thousands could be living with breast cancer without realising. MP Dawn Butler , who announced her own breast cancer diagnosis earlier this year , has teamed up with Metro.co.uk as part of a new campaign to ensure cancer diagnoses are caught as early as possible. It’s worth pointing out that mammograms are vital for detecting breast cancer early and are free on the NHS. Below is everything to know about how often you should be getting one. How often should you get a mammogram? All females are invited to their first NHS breast screening by the age of 53, explains Dr Tim Woodman, the medical director for policy and cancer services for Bupa UK . Dr Tim says: ‘Depending on where abouts in the UK you’re based, you might be invited from the age of 47 and won’t usually be invited for further screenings beyond the age of 70. … [Read more...] about How often do you need to get a mammogram?
A teenager who thought he had partied too much during an interrail trip was struck with a terrifying diagnosis when he returned home. Tom Hunt, then 18, thought he probably needed more sleep and less beer after exploring Europe by train with friends. The student started feeling unwell when they stopped off in Budapest, Hungary, and felt worse by the time they reached Prague, in the Czech Republic. He started suffering from a chest and throat infection and felt exceptionally tired, despite having 16 hours of sleep, reports Manchester Evening News . Tom decided to fly home early and was able to book a doctor's appointment with his friend's dad, who was also his local GP. He was given antibiotics and booked in for a blood test two days later after raising concerns about a large lump on his leg. Tom Hunt was on an interrail with friends when he suddenly felt unwell ( Image: Tom Hunt) The results confirmed that the teenager was suffering with glandular fever, … [Read more...] about Student who put his tiredness down to partying too much gets a devastating diagnosis
Didi Conn has revealed that she spoke to Olivia Newton-John in the final weeks before her death as the pair shared a touching last conversation. Conn, 71, who played Frenchy on Grease, had emailed friends with Newton-John until the end, sharing sweet messages just weeks before the actress died from cancer. She revealed during an appearance on Good Morning America that Newton-John was no longer able to walk when they last spoke. ‘She told me that her health was, you know, she wasn’t walking anymore and she had full-time care but her husband John and her daughter Chloe were there all the time, and she told me that they were just so hopelessly devoted,’ Conn revealed. Revealing what they last messaged one another, Conn told The Mirror : ‘Last time I was in contact with Olivia was by text and I said, “I hope you know you’re in my heart, always.” ‘And she wrote back, “And you are in mine”. That was our last message on July 5th. ‘Olivia’s death feels so personal … [Read more...] about Grease’s Didi Conn shares touching final conversation with late Olivia Newton-John: ‘You’re in my heart, always’
Zoe Ball cries as she remembers Olivia Newton-John SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Zoe Ball was left emotional on Tuesday morning as she came to terms with the death of legendary singer and actress, Olivia Newton-John. The iconic star died on Monday following a battle with breast cancer which spanned on-and-off for 30 years. Related articles Ian Hislop on time apart from wife Victoria 'Lives in Greece!' Olivia Newton-John dead: Grease actress dies aged 73 On her BBC Radio Two breakfast show, Zoe played Magic from the 1980 film Xanadu. After the track had finished, Zoe’s voice started to break as she struggled to get her words out. The presenter blubbed: “I’m so sorry, but that has … [Read more...] about Zoe Ball breaks down in tears on air over Olivia Newton-John’s death ‘She was wonderful’