Loose Women fans witnessed an emotional moment when a viewer revealed that the Change And Check breast cancer awareness campaign discussed on the show last summer saved her life.
Mum-of-two Rebecca appeared on the ITV show on Monday to talk about her experiences with presenter Andrea McLean and panellists Brenda Edwards, Judi Love and Carol McGiffin.
It all came after #ChangeAndCheck campaigner Helen Addis appeared on the programme with guest star Lorraine Kelly last summer, sharing Helen’s story of breast cancer diagnosis and encouraging women to regularly check for early signs.
Thanks to watching the show in June 2019 with her new baby daughter, Rebecca was able to catch her breast cancer early, a move she said saved her life.
As Andrea welcomed her to tell her story on today’s show, Rebecca said: ‘I was watching the show last summer, I was breastfeeding my daughter at the time. Listening to Helen’s story just really resonated with me.
‘I recalled her saying she was 39, she was fit and healthy, she had no history of breast cancer in her family, it sounded like my circumstances. As I was watching the show I checked myself.’
After finding a lump, she contacted the doctor and was sent for an ultrasound.
‘I just remember lying on the bed and pleading with the lady to tell me that everything was OK,’ she added. ‘I was told an agonising wait that it was in fact it was breast cancer.’
When asked by Andrea how her health is now, Rebecca explained that she is doing ‘fine’ and is due to complete her treatment soon.
‘I’m fine now. I’ve had an excellent prognosis’, Rebecca added, saying that she had a few weeks of treatment left to go.
The Loose Women were delighted to hear the news that Rebecca was doing well, and the guest added: ‘If I hadn’t been watching the show I don’t know when I would have next checked… Helen, watching you that day did save my life.’
Campaigner Helen also revealed that she has had 37 women contact her saying that the campaign led to their cancer being diagnosed.
Andrea, Brenda, Judi and Carol all congratulated Helen on her incredible work.
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