Sarah, 38, announced that she had breast cancer earlier this year, but in a series of tweets yesterday, she revealed the terrible news that she had spread to other parts of her body.
Speaking to hosts Ranvir Singh and Sean Fletcher, Dr Hilary also wished Sarah ‘better’ and added that the news was ‘shocking’.
“The success rate and outcomes of breast cancer have increased dramatically over the past 40 years,” he explained.
“So that’s great news, we have better treatment, we have earlier diagnosis through screening and other techniques like early treatment, so that’s good news.
“It’s shocking isn’t it, for a lot of people at just 38, Sarah Harding announced she had breast cancer diagnosed earlier in the year before the lockdown. She received treatment but has now learned that it has spread to other parts of the body.
“A lot of people say, ‘But it’s so young,’ and it is. If you look at the statistics, approximately 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. It is the most common cancer of all in women.
“But the majority of them will be over 50, around 8,000 are under 50 and only 2,000 are under 40, which is relatively rare.
“But obviously more devastating for it when he’s diagnosed at such a young age, and we wish him all the best. “
Dr Hilary stressed the importance of early detection, but admitted that all cancers present differently and grow at different rates.
“It’s very individual, there are no general rules that you can apply to everyone,” he said.
“But early detection is always the key, screening, self-checking, always very important, and I’m sure Sarah was doing all of that and sometimes it still slips through the net and it’s a tragedy when it’s the one. case.”
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