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!
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
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
Serena Williams has said she is "evolving away from tennis" and is looking to "grow her family" as she announced plans to retire. Unlike her friend Caroline Wozniacki, however, who "felt a sense of relief when she retired in 2020", Williams has admitted there is "no happiness in this topic for me". She writes in Vogue magazine: "I feel a great deal of pain. It's the hardest thing that I could ever imagine. I hate it." She continues: "I'm torn: I don't want it to be over. I love to win. I love the battle. I love to entertain." But she knows "this is it, the end of a story that started in Compton, California, with a little black girl who just wanted to play tennis". Advertisement And it appears that the US Open - beginning in New York on 29 August - may be her last tournament. The American sports star remembers "feeling the energy of the crowd", "night matches in Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows" and "hitting an ace on set point". Family is … [Read more...] about Serena Williams announces plan to retire: ‘I’m evolving away from tennis’
Loose Women: Gloria Hunniford 'petrified' of falling again 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 Hunniford has heartbreakingly lost numerous members of her family to ill health. This has included her daughter, Caron Keating, who died of breast cancer in 2004, the same disease that killed her mother in her 70s, and both her father and ex-husband, Don Keating, died from cardiovascular disease . It was just after the death of Keating back in 1997 that the presenter started to have an annual health check, the first of which revealed her high cholesterol levels. To add to her shock even more, Hunniford found out that her cholesterol levels were being raised not by her diet or lifestyle habits, but an underactive thyroid. Related … [Read more...] about Gloria Hunniford: Star’s scrape with ‘silent killer’ condition – ‘there are no symptoms’