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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Irish stars lead the way as celebs stand up against cancer

IRISH stars Christine Bleakley and Una Foden have joined a host of other celebrities to come to together to "show solidarity" in the fundraising campaign Stand Up To Cancer.

The joint Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 campaign aims to accelerate new treatments to cancer patients, and the list of celebrities - each with their own personal reasons for getting involved - also includes Sharon Osbourne, Davina McCall and Alan Carr.

Former X Factor judge Osbourne, who has battled cancer herself, said: "I know first-hand the devastating effect it can have.

"The more of us who show solidarity and stand up to cancer together, the faster we can fight this disease."

Osbourne previously revealed she had undergone a double mastectomy. The 61-year-old beat colon cancer over a decade ago but opted for surgery after finding she carried a gene which increased the risk of developing breast cancer.

Meanwhile, presenter McCall, who lost her sister to cancer in 2012, is returning to host Stand Up To Cancer's live TV show on Channel 4 on Friday, October 17.

She said: "I'm standing up to cancer because my big sister Caroline had primary lung cancer, and because she was frightened of doctors, and kept making excuses, by the time we got to A&E she was given a terminal diagnosis.

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"I hope that by standing up to cancer and raising funds and awareness maybe one other person will go to the doctor and get themselves checked."

Chat-show host Alan Carr, whose friend suffered from throat cancer, will also present the live TV show.

He said: "My very good friend Sam lost her voice box to throat cancer. To think she might not be here if it wasn't for funding, funding, funding."

Others taking part include Dr Christian Jessen, radio DJ Greg James, designer Henry Holland, comedian Jack Whitehall, presenter Jake Humphrey and Blake Harrison.

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