Jan is the fourth woman in her family to have breast cancer, and she’s determined to stop it taking lives.
As the fourth woman in her family to be diagnosed with breast cancer, Jan has had to learn how to cope with hearing the worst.
Jan was 53 when the doctor told her it was cancer, but her first brush with breast cancer was 40 years earlier, when her mum was diagnosed.
Her mum had treatment, but years later, the cancer came back and spread – what’s known as secondary breast cancer, and it took her life.
Even now, in 2017, breast cancer still takes the lives of nearly 1000 women in the UK every single month. Jan supports Breast Cancer Now because we are determined to change that – we believe that if we all act now, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live.
Could you make a donation to support Breast Cancer Now’s research so that we can look forward to a future where we don’t have to live in fear of losing our loved ones to this terrible disease?
When Jan’s sister was 50, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, too. She had a mastectomy and chemotherapy, and this spurred Jan on to get as fit as possible, and to raise money for Breast Cancer Now.
When her sister’s treatment was over, the two of them tackled the Great North Run, fundraising for us, so that we can fund research projects like Dr Robert Clarke’s.
Dr Clarke and his team are looking at how breast cancer can come back after treatment and spread, so that we can stop this happening and save more lives.
Jan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012.
She had a mastectomy and chemotherapy which reduced her legs to skin and bone – she was more upset about that than losing her hair. She was determined to keep raising money for breast cancer research, so she did the Great North Run again, as well as a charity walk and the London Marathon, all raising money for Breast Cancer Now.
She was so happy to have made it through, but then her sister, who had developed secondary breast cancer, lost her life to the disease two years ago, and her cousin passed away when she had her breast cancer surgery.
It’s been tough for Jan – breast cancer has had an enormous impact on her life, but what keeps her going is fundraising to stop this terrible disease taking the lives of women like Jan’s mum, sister and cousin.
We know that not everyone can or will want to run a marathon, but whatever you can do to help will make a vital difference to Breast Cancer Now’s research. Could you donate to help bring us closer to the day when breast cancer will have taken its last life?