We support Emmerdale on bowel cancer storyline
Since October 2019, we have advised ITV Emmerdale on a bowel cancer storyline, which started on tonight’s episode (Monday 17 February 2020).
43 year old veterinarian Vanessa Woodfield, played by actress Michelle Hardwick, was revealed to be diagnosed with the disease.
This important storyline will play out on Emmerdale over the coming months as Vanessa comes to terms with her diagnosis and undergoes treatment.
Actress Michelle Hardwick says: “This is such a challenging storyline, but we’ve been working closely with Bowel Cancer UK, who have been enormously helpful to me in researching Vanessa's symptoms and treatment. I hope to do Vanessa’s story justice.
“I was actually really shocked to learn that bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer, but diagnosed early it is treatable.”
Genevieve Edwards, Chief Executive at Bowel Cancer UK, says: “We greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with the Emmerdale team on this important storyline. While everyone’s experience of diagnosis is different, it is vital that Vanessa’s story is as accurate as possible.”
“Although bowel cancer is more common in the over 50s, it can affect people of all ages. More than 2,500 people under 50, like Vanessa, are diagnosed with the disease in the UK every year. This storyline will help to raise awareness of bowel cancer, and we hope it encourages viewers to recognise the symptoms and visit their GP if they’re concerned.”
- Find out more about our work with Emmerdale
- Support and information for younger people with bowel cancer
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