By Lauren Dale, Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Hudgell Solicitors
According to the latest statistics, there are an estimated 2.5 million people in the UK today who have had a cancer diagnosis – an increase of almost half a million people over the past five years.
It is being predicted that by the end of 2016, more than a thousand people will be diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.
These are certainly worrying figures, but figures which also put the need to support ongoing research and investment into cancer treatments sharply into focus.
Progress is certainly being made.
A paralegal who was told she has more than an 88 per cent chance of developing breast cancer is planning a major fundraising event to raise awareness and money to help in the fight against the disease.
Nicola Downey, who is based in Hudgell Solicitors’ London office, tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene, which means she has an 88.8 per lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, as well as a 60 per cent lifetime risk of ovarian cancer, compared to the 12 per cent risk faced by the general population.
Now, she has made the potentially life-saving decision to have a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in a major operation early next year.