A former Baldock pharmacist will be doing a special interview on ovarian cancer with BBC One’s Julia Bradbury this weekend.
Retired pharmacist Rosie Lapsley will boldly share her experience with hereditary ovarian cancer and the effects it has on her family.
You can follow the interview live on Sunday or via this link.
She unwittingly inherited a BRCA1 gene mutation from her mother, who died of cancer when Rosie was very young.
Her aunt was also diagnosed with cancer, this time ovarian, but it wasn’t until her younger sister was diagnosed with the disease that Rosie was offered genetic testing.
Within eight months of her sister’s diagnosis, Rosie, her two sisters, and her daughter had all tested positive for defective BRCA genes and diagnosed cancer.
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Rosie said, “If only I had known about tests, my family and I would have been spared so much pain and heartache, and the NHS would have saved a small fortune in medical expenses.
“Hopefully the next generation will have the benefit of genetic testing and advice.”
Ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecological disease in the UK, affecting more than 7,000 women in the UK each year.
Around 15 percent of ovarian cancer cases are linked to BRCA mutations – the equivalent of more than 1,000 women per year whose lives could potentially be saved through preventive measures.
Flatulence, abdominal pain, neediness, and loss of appetite are the four main symptoms of ovarian cancer. Other symptoms may also include: back pain, changes in bowel habits (more or less often), and extreme tiredness for no apparent reason.
Tune in to BBC One at 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, January 31st to hear Rosie’s story in full.