Cancer sufferer Adele offers sound advice to all

Adele Wilkes
Adele Wilkes

ADELE Wilkes has fought cancer twice.

And she is urging all women to do all they can to catch it at the earliest opportunity.

The 42-year-old today urged women to keep checking their breasts and see a GP if they notice a change.

She also said that recent surveys that warn women about obesity and alcohol increasing the risk of cancer is scare mongering and has no effect.

She said; “Stories like this are frightening people into thinking if they get fat, or drink alcohol, they will get breast cancer.

“It is using the fear factor.

“All I can say is be aware. If you find something unusual, go and see your GP. It is better to be safe than sorry.

“Girls should start checking when they get breasts, especially if it is in the family.

“Please ladies check your breasts.”

Adele, a mother-of-two from Bryn, found a lump in her breast in 2004, and again two years later,

Following two mastectomies and a hysterectomy, she has been cleared and is expected to get confirmation she is in remission this year.

She added: “I found a lump one evening and I went to the doctors the following morning. He told me not to worry as I was only 35, but within two weeks I was referred for a biopsy and a mammogram. I was really lucky. I was determined to tackle it head on. My surgeon was brilliant.

“I am happy, but I would never say that I was complacent.

“This year I could be in remission, but it feels like the safety net will be taken away.”

On hearing that the number of women with breast cancer is rising twice as fast in the borough, Adele admitted she was concerned and argued breast screenings should be done at an earlier age.

She said: “New research shows the highest number of cases was in the 55-60 age group, but I have been involved in the Breast Cancer Forum and our poll shows a lower age group.

“I believe screening women from the age of 50 is too late. It should be 40.

“At the age of 35 I found a lump. It was not detected on a mammogram, but was picked up on an ultrasound. It may not always be that clear, but something can still be found.”