Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Meet founder of breast cancer charity Coppafeel!

I recently heard the totally inspiring Kris Hallenga talk about her diagnosis of ‘incurable’ breast cancer at the age of 23. Two months after this diagnosis she started to set up CoppaFeel! She saw that there was not much info about cancer for young people and many thought that breast cancer only affected women over 50. Since then she has been on a mission to ensure that more young people catch their cancers earlier so that there is a higher chance of surviving.

I find hearing such stories of how people have managed their cancer and found purpose and meaning in their lives totally uplifting. Below is my two minute interview with Kris after her talk in Guildford - and I also recommend her Do Lecture talk which tells her story and how she set up the charity, Coppafeel! See:

Of course it is worth mentioning that men also have some breast tissue in their chest and under their armpit, so it is important they get anything unusual checked out too. Almost 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK every year.

 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.
 Around 400 men are diagnosed every year.
 Breast cancer is still the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women under 40.*
 Every year in the UK, around 5,000 women under the age of 45 are diagnosed with breast cancer.*

*Statistics from Breast Cancer Care and Coppafeel website. See more about Coppafeel! at:

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