Frankie Bridge has bravely opened up about her mum's cancer diagnosis and how lucky she has been to catch it early as she prepares to do her second charity trek for CoppaFeel! later this month.
The Saturdays singer said she was shocked to find out about her mum, Viv Sandford’s, diagnosis and that it made her realise that nobody is invincible when it comes to the disease.
Frankie has spoken out following Strictly professional dancer Amy Dowden revealing that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer recently and praised the charity CoppaFeel! for encouraging people to check their breasts.
The singer told The Mirror that her mum has now finished treatment and is “coming out of the other side” but said it is “still scary” to talk about it.
She told the publication: “Before I was involved with the charity, I didn’t check my boobs. Because cancer wasn’t in our family, I assumed I didn’t need to worry about it.
“But my mum’s diagnosis has made me go, ‘Oh God, it could be anyone’. And early diagnosis makes such a big difference.”
She continued: “It has really brought home how important the work CoppaFeel! does is.”
CoppaFeel! Is a charity that was set up in 2009 and educated men and women on the importance of regularly checking their breasts.
CoppaTrek! with Gi will see I’m A Celeb winner Giovanna Fletcher lead 120 people trekking 100km of Hadrian’s Wall country to raise money for the charity.
Giovanna also completed an “Alumni one day trek” for the charity last month and shared a sweet video of the day to her Instagram.
She said: “This essentially turned into us all seeing how far we could walk in the space of 12 hours in the Peak District – a very hilly location!
“I can’t tell you how happy it made me to see the joy on people’s faces as they met up with old friends and reminisced while making new memories.”
She continued: “Our treks raise vital funds CoppaFeel! so they can spread awareness on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer – something that can affect men as well as women. We want you to get to know your bodies so that if a change occurs you can go to the doctor and get it checked out. We want people to advocate for their own health so they don’t receive a late diagnosis, because an early one could save a life. This is something I don’t say flippantly.”
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