Good Morning Britain’s resident medical advisor Dr Hilary Jones has described Sarah Harding’s death from breast cancer as ‘unusual’.
The Girls Aloud singer’s mother confirmed the 39-year-old died on Sunday September 5, after revealing she had been diagnosed with the disease in 2020.
Remembering Harding, Dr Hilary revealed he once interviewed the Sound of The Underground hitmaker when filling in for showbiz reporter Richard Arnold many moons ago.
‘What a wonderful interview, and what a change to what I normally do, and Sarah was a wonderful, vivacious, happy, bubbly, cheeky girl, and it’s just a tragedy at the age of 39,’ he said.
After hosts Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard paid tribute to Harding, Dr Hilary explained it was ‘rare’ for someone so young to die from breast cancer.
He said: ‘We hear a lot about breast cancer in younger women because it’s so shocking when it happens, but about five per cent of breast cancer is found in under 40s, and very, very rare in 20s.’
Dr Hilary continued: ‘39 is still very young; the majority of women who die from breast cancer or develop breast cancer are 60s and 70s and beyond, so this is an unusual case.
‘But when it is diagnosed in younger women, it tends to be later stage and more aggressive.’
The Celebrity Big Brother winner previously revealed she faced delays getting a diagnosis due to Covid restrictions in lockdown.
‘It was very unlucky,’ said Dr Hilary. ‘It couldn’t have been worse timing right then, when we approached the first lockdown and services were being postponed.’
He went on to urge viewers to have all concerns checked out, and reminded people the NHS is ‘open for business’.
Following news of Harding’s death, countless fans and friends paid tribute to one of the fiercest popstars on the planet.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.