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Friday 18 August 2017

Liz Hurley's anger at agony of gran she lost to cancer

Elizabeth Hurley has described her anger at being unable to help her grandmother, who died from breast cancer.

The actress, a global ambassador for the Estee Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, said her grandmother showed her scars from a double mastectomy but changed the subject.

She said: "At that time, there was so little written about breast cancer."

Her grandmother died in 1992.

Hurley said: "It wasn't until I started to learn about breast cancer through Evelyn Lauder that I began to feel so angry that I hadn't known more at the time, when perhaps I could have helped her.

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"We know that if a cancer is found and treated early, there is a 95pc chance of recovery. If only my grandmother and countless other scared women could have known this."

Hurley was speaking at the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Earlier this year she posted a picture of herself on Twitter after undergoing a mammogram check.

She said: "After 40 you should have an annual mammogram. Had mine this morning".

Last year, actress Angelina Jolie revealed to the world that she had undergone a double mastectomy to prevent her getting breast cancer.

She took the decision after testing positive for the gene mutation that greatly increases the risk of developing the disease.

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