Turweston woman's passion to help prevent cancer deaths
'I don't want anyone else to have to go through this loss unnecessarily,' says mum of two
A Turweston woman has become Buckinghamshire's first Cancer Research UK ambassador.
Vicky Wren aged 38, is working with Buckingham MP Greg Smith to raise awareness about cancer screening. In a Commons debate, Mr Smith called for people to get screened if they need to and not to hold back because of the pandemic.
Mum-of-two Vicky, who works as a PA in Harefield, Uxbridge, met with the MP to talk about ways they can promote cancer awareness, with the aim of helping with prevention and early diagnosis.
They will be using social media and their network of contacts to highlight the importance of seeking medical advice early when signs and symptoms appear and to improve uptake of cancer screening locally.
Vicky, who has daughter aged 14 and a son aged 12, was keen to volunteer for the Cancer Research UK ambassador role.
She said: "This is an issue I feel passionately about and I feel I can make a real difference.
"I lost both my parents to cancer - my mum to breast cancer when I was 21 and my father more recently to bowel cancer in July 2019.
"Both bowel and breast cancer are preventable in many circumstances.
"Watching both parents die made me realise I don't want anyone else to have to go through this loss unnecessarily.
"We have far more power to prevent cancer than many of us are aware of."
And she added: "My role as ambassador allows me to work on adopting better cancer policies, cancer prevention, early diagnosis, scientific research, and access to treatment in order to prevent unnecessary cancer mortality in Buckinghamshire.
"Be aware of your own body and spot changes early. Cancer Research UK has a wealth of resources, and information on their website to help.
"Please do not hesitate to contact your GP if you have any cancer suspicions. Your GP can offer appointments safely over the phone, internet, and face to face. Remember, early detection saves lives.
Greg Smith said: "I was delighted to meet with Vicky in her capacity as our local Cancer Research UK ambassador.
"I want to work with her to raise awareness about how vital it is to act immediately if you are concerned that you have any symptoms and try to help ensure more people go and get screened as soon as they realise there's a need."
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