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CoppaFeel! founder Kris Hallenga says we must end the stigma around ’embarrassing’ cancers during Gynae Cancer Awareness Month

DID you know there are FIVE different types of gynaecological cancer? Not an opener to a column you may have been expecting but that is the point of this week’s ramblings – cancers we are too embarrassed to talk about. I am pretty sure you couldn’t name all five bits of the female genitalia that […]

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DID you know there are FIVE different types of gynaecological cancer?

Not an opener to a column you may have been expecting but that is the point of this week’s ramblings – cancers we are too embarrassed to talk about.

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58 women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer everyday in Britain[/caption]

I am pretty sure you couldn’t name all five bits of the female genitalia that could be affected by cancer.

So to enlighten you, we have the womb, the ovaries, the cervix, the vagina and the vulva.

September is Gynae Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to bring up this subject. But this is something we should talk about whatever month it is.

My friends at The Eve Appeal gynea cancer charity work bloomin’ hard to get you guys talking about stuff that is too often classed as taboo.

But the startling fact is that more than 21,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer each year, which equates to 58 diagnoses each day.

However, awareness levels – and so action taken to ensure an early diagnosis – is low.

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Kris Hallenga says Gynae Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect month to break down the walls around these cancers[/caption]

Right now, The Eve Appeal wants to highlight the issue with men not discussing gynea health concerns with their partner.

According to the charity’s research, 21 per cent of men aged 18 to 44 say it’s simply too embarrassing to talk about.

It seems bizarre to me how this stuff is still awkward to talk about.

Things need to change if we are ever going to ensure women act on symptoms that could be caused by cancer.

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Men also need to educate themselves about symptoms for when they are with their partners[/caption]

I would be the first person to admit how much I dislike having smear tests.

My thinking before I go to an appointment is that I would be so unlucky to get cervical cancer as well as breast cancer!

But as we all know, s**t does happen, so my conscience drags me to what is the most uncomfortable five minutes of my life.


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But it is just five minutes.

I remind myself the poor nurse has seen it all before a million times over.

And I stand a better chance of getting treatment should I need it – an attitude, of course, I have garnered thanks to my breast cancer diagnosis eight years ago.

The Eve Appeal also found 19 per cent of women wouldn’t see a doctor if they had abnormal vaginal bleeding – one of the key symptoms across all five gynaecological cancers. And 42 per cent of women aged 18 to 24 said they would keep it to themselves.

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Most people cannot label the different parts of the female genitalia[/caption]

This is beyond scary.

If this could be you, I urge you to speak to your GP. And if you and your partner haven’t chatted vaginas and vulvas recently, I ask you to bring it up today.

If you need more info, please check out eveappeal.org.uk to get yourself clued up.

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First Dates star, 22, battled depression and felt ‘inadequate’ after cancer scare meant she couldn’t have sex for THREE years

A RECEPTIONIST battled depression after a cancer scare meant she couldn’t have sex for three years. Natasha, 22, from Bromley, first experienced abnormal bleeding in 2013. It grew progressively worse until she felt “too ashamed” to exercise or get intimate with anyone. For three years doctors were unable to work out what was causing the […]

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A RECEPTIONIST battled depression after a cancer scare meant she couldn’t have sex for three years.

Natasha, 22, from Bromley, first experienced abnormal bleeding in 2013. It grew progressively worse until she felt “too ashamed” to exercise or get intimate with anyone.

Natasha suffered abnormal bleeding in 2013, which meant she was unable to have sex
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For three years doctors were unable to work out what was causing the symptoms. It affected Natasha’s confidence greatly; she put on two stone in weight and was prescribed anti-depressants.

In June 2016 a specialist at a private hospital confirmed she was suffering with pre-cancerous cells.

Natasha has since had an operation to remove them, and is now looking to find ‘The One’ on Channel 4’s First Dates.

“For three years I had pre-cancerous cells of the cervix, which stopped me being able to have sex,” she told The Sun Online. “I did feel inadequate, in the sense I couldn’t do what other girls could. I never felt like I could really connect with someone.

The 22-year-old receptionist is now looking for love on Channel 4’s First Dates
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Natasha enjoyed an evening with 23-year-old chef Oskar
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“The guys I was meeting wanted sex before love. When I couldn’t provide that they’d just disappear and do the ghosting act. It knocked my confidence. I felt like it was my fault, even though now I know it’s not.”

Natasha was just 18 when she began experiencing abnormal bleeding. She visited her GP on a monthly basis, but he was unable to diagnose the problem.

“No one knew what was causing this abnormal bleeding,” she said. “It got to the stage in about 2014 where I was having operations, swabs, scans… I ended up going onto anti-depressants because I was very down.

“I felt like I couldn’t meet anyone. I couldn’t exercise. It was a big struggle.

Natasha says it was a ‘struggle’ to meet someone and her condition left her feeling ‘lonely’
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Natasha was prescribed anti-depressants and saw a counselling during her health scare
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“When I went on the anti-depressants I gained over two stone. I couldn’t exercise to lose weight because I’d bleed. It was a massive vicious cycle that couldn’t be broken.”

Natasha felt “very lonely” and began to see a counsellor. “It was the hardest thing I’ve been through, and for the friends and family around me,” she said.

“They didn’t know how to help. They wanted to make me feel better, but even the doctors couldn’t help me. There was a point two years in I thought it would never end.”

In 2015 Natasha found a consultant at a private hospital who told her she had pre-cancerous cells around the cervix. He did a biopsy and removed them in June 2016.

What are pre-cancerous cells?

Precancerous cells (also called premalignant cells) are defined as abnormal cells that could turn into cancerous cells, but which by themselves are not invasive.

The concept of precancerous cells is confusing because it isn’t a black-and-white issue.

In general, cells don’t go from normal on day one, to premalignant on day two, and then on to cancer on day three.

Sometimes precancerous cells progress to cancer, but more often they do not.

They may stay the same—that is, remain abnormal but not invasive—or they may even become normal again.

Precancerous cells are diagnosed by their abnormal appearance under a microscope, usually after a biopsy is done.

“I feel like he saved my life, he helped put my life back on track,” she said.

“At any age having the word ‘cancer’ mentioned is terrifying. I very lucky in the fact mine was pre-cancerous and I did get sorted. If I didn’t get help it could be a completely different story now.”

Natasha, who has been single for two years and “didn’t have much success with Tinder”, is now looking for love on First Dates. She enjoyed an evening with chef Oskar, 23.

“The main thing for me is someone who is loyal, honest and has a sense of humour,” she said.

Natasha struggled to find love as the men she met ‘just wanted sex’
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Natasha has had the pre-cancerous cells removed and is getting her life back on track
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“I think attraction can grow but if you don’t have that initial spark with the personality it’s never really going to go anywhere.”

She added: “I didn’t think I’d be lucky enough to get on the show. It’s made me love myself; I don’t need approval from anyone else. If someone else wants to love me, go ahead. I’ve got enough confidence enough.

“First Dates showed me there are good people out there who just want to find love, it’s not all about sex.”

Meanwhile, First Dates mixologist Merlin Griffiths owns a London pub.

And, Charlotte Knowles is the new waitress on the hit Channel 4 dating show.

First Dates is on Mondays at 10pm on Channel 4

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Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews and Jamie Laing upset charity by drinking and using sunbeds on cancer special

SPENDING weeks trying to evade capture would make anyone’s judgement a bit questionable. But that is no excuse for Made in Chelsea duo SPENCER MATTHEWS and JAMIE LAING boozing and using sunbeds on the celebrity version of Hunted, which was commissioned for Channel 4’s charity fundraiser Stand Up To Cancer. Bosses of the reality show […]

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SPENDING weeks trying to evade capture would make anyone’s judgement a bit questionable.

But that is no excuse for Made in Chelsea duo SPENCER MATTHEWS and JAMIE LAING boozing and using sunbeds on the celebrity version of Hunted, which was commissioned for Channel 4’s charity fundraiser Stand Up To Cancer.

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Bad boys . . . Spencer and Jamie used spa sunbeds in the episode[/caption]

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Sunbeds are known to increase chances of skin cancer[/caption]

Bosses of the reality show — which sees pairs of contestants dodge an investigative team of ex-cops and intelligence professionals in a bid to disappear — have come under fire over the unhealthy scenes.

The British Skin Foundation was shocked to see Jamie using a sunbed while hiding out in a tanning salon.

A spokeswoman for the charity said last night: “It’s worrying to see celebrities using sunbeds on a Stand Up To Cancer show as they give out ultraviolet rays which are a known cause of skin cancer.”

Just as controversially, posh Gogglebox pair STEPH and DOM PARKER were filmed drinking and smoking.

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Steph and Dom Parker were also filmed drinking and smoking[/caption]

The antics have also concerned managers of Stand Up To Cancer — the annual partnership between Channel 4 and  Cancer Research UK.

The charity’s Rachel Carr said: “Cancer Research UK does not support the use of sunbeds or smoking, as scientific evidence clearly shows they increase the risk of developing cancer.

“But we know many people continue to smoke and use sunbeds — and the discussion Celebrity Hunted has caused can be helpful in reinforcing  dangers associated with both activities.”

A spokeswoman for Channel 4 said the series was screened to help “save lives”, adding: “We would like to thank all the celebrities who donated their time and fee to Stand Up To Cancer.”

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The pair also enjoyed a few drinks[/caption]

The antics have also concerned managers of Stand Up To Cancer — the annual partnership between Channel 4 and  Cancer Research UK.


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The charity’s Rachel Carr said: “Cancer Research UK does not support the use of sunbeds or smoking, as scientific evidence clearly shows they increase the risk of developing cancer.

“But we know many people continue to smoke and use sunbeds — and the discussion Celebrity Hunted has caused can be helpful in reinforcing the dangers associated with both activities.”

A spokeswoman for Channel 4 said the series was screened to help “save lives”, adding: “We would like to thank all the celebrities who generously donated their time and fee to Stand Up To Cancer.”

Surely there are better ways to show the risks of smoking and using sunbeds.


READ ON FOR THE REST OF DAN WOOTTON’S BIZARRE TV COLUMN


 

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Blade stunner . . . Vanessa Bauer has joined Dancing on Ice as a pro

DANCING On Ice bosses should start worrying about melted rinks, if these hot bikini snaps of new pro VANESSA BAUER are anything  to go by.

The German skater has been brought in to rival Strictly Come Dancing’s latest pro dancer, former Playboy model NADIYA BYCHKOVA.

Water way to spend a day . . . Vanessa lies in the surf
She was brought to the show by pro dancer and former Playboy model Nadiya Bychkova
Showing off her bikini bod on a boat

And as well as signing Vanessa, I can reveal that ITV chiefs have also hired American pro and fellow beauty MEG MARSCHALL.

The pair will be teaching the likes of JAKE QUICKENDEN, KEM CETINAY and MAX EVANS how to stay upright on their skates when the ITV show hits screens in January.

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American beauty . . . Meg Marschall has also joined the show[/caption]

A source said: “Show chiefs can’t believe their luck.

“Vanessa and Meg are bound to be huge favourites with viewers as they’ve both got great personalities as well as incredible looks.

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Vanessa and Meg are set to be fan favourites[/caption]

“The male celebrities will be desperate to partner up with them.”

I’m sure they will have nothing to worry about – but X Factor singer Jake’s fiancée DANIELLE FOGARTY and Love Islander Kem’s girlfriend AMBER DAVIES will still no doubt be on their guard . . .

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WHAT? HARRY STYLES At The BBC, BBC1, 8pm.

WHY? The former ONE DIRECTION singer  performs tracks from his self-titled  debut  album in front of a live  audience   and chats to Radio 1 DJ NICK GRIMSHAW.

Bake to future

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Bake Off winner Sophie Faldo[/caption]

THE final bakes have barely had time to cool – but the bun fight for fame and fortune has already begun among the Great British Bake Off alumni.

Winner SOPHIE FALDO, who triumphed on Tuesday, has bagged herself an agent at Factual Management, which also represents the DUCHESS OF CORNWALL’s son TOM PARKER BOWLES.

And finalist STEVEN CARTER-BAILEY joins the show’s first ever winner EDD KIMBER at Stonehouse Management.

But it’s popular baker LIAM CHARLES who really seems to have fallen on his feet. He’s signed with top agent Vivienne Clore, who also represents comedian SUSAN CALMAN and GBBO host SANDI TOKSVIG.

No pressure to follow in the footsteps of NADIYA HUSSAIN and CANDICE BROWN, then . . .

Fretton no more

BRAINY Ross Fretten is gutted about being fired on The Apprentice, but relieved to be away from the candidates’ immature banter.

The app founder was sent packing by LORD SUGAR after the buying task, which saw the apprentices locating specific items for his 70th birthday.

But Ross couldn’t wait to move out of the contestants’ pad after endless conversations about keeping fit and genitals.

In an exclusive interview, he explained: “It was incredibly difficult living in a shared house. The conversation consisted of people exchanging techniques at the gym or talking about d***s.

“It was like being back at high school and, even when I was 14, I didn’t find that stuff funny or interesting.

“There were only a couple I could have meaningful conversations with.”

Ross probably wouldn’t be moaning quite so much if he had won the £250,000 prize.


  • FORMER News at Ten anchor MARK AUSTIN thinks ITV should give up trying to copy late-night US talk shows after The Nightly Show’s ratings flop. He said: “There’s no tradition of that sort of late-night satire over here.”

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IN tonight’s EMMERDALE double bill, a stressed-out Paddy   has a chat with headmistress Jessie – but things don’t turn out as he’d hoped.

In the aftermath of Emma’s murder, Gabby is caught out, Victoria is nervous, Rhona confronts her feelings and Laurel’s anxiety grows.

There’s more drama in EASTENDERS when a shaken Tina returns to the Queen Vic, where Shirley tells her she should talk to the police about being robbed by a gang.

But Tina is more interested in checking on Dave the cat, believing she accidentally hit him while driving home.

Meanwhile, Jack frantically searches for the missing kids and while things seem calmer between the Branning sisters, there’s a bombshell to come.

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Daytime television will show a woman’s nipple for the first time — in hope of promoting breast cancer awareness

A woman’s nipple will be shown for the first time on daytime telly next week – as part of a breast cancer awareness campaign. The charity CoppaFeel! has been given the go-ahead to show a naked breast being inspected by hand for possible signs of cancer. It follows research showing 80 per cent of young […]

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A woman’s nipple will be shown for the first time on daytime telly next week – as part of a breast cancer awareness campaign.

The charity CoppaFeel! has been given the go-ahead to show a naked breast being inspected by hand for possible signs of cancer.

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The daytime advert is aimed to show women how easy it is to have your breasts inspected[/caption]

It follows research showing 80 per cent of young women do not check their breasts regularly.

Most say they lack the confidence to know how to check.

The ad will be shown live in the day from Monday.

It will also be screened in cinemas.

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ClearCast has given CoppaFeel! the all clear to have their advert aired on commerical TV[/caption]

Natalie Kelly from CoppaFeel! said: “We hope to encourage more young people across the UK to adopt a healthy boob checking habit, which could one day save their life.”

The go-ahead for showing a naked breast on daytime TV was given by ClearCast, the screening service which vets commercial TV channels.

The ad shows a series of everyday objects being touched, alongside women and men doing a breast self-examination.

The idea is to show how easy self-checks are.

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80 per cent of young women do not regularly check their breasts[/caption]

Breast cancer affects one in eight women throughout their lifetime.

The campaign hopes to change behaviour in young women, who are currently more likely to go to the dentist, weigh themselves or get their eyes tested than they are to check their boobs.

CoppaFeel! was founded by Sun columnist Kris Hallenga, 31, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 23.

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Sun columnist Kris Hallenga founded CoppaFeel! in 2009[/caption]

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