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Statement from Breast Cancer Care on death of Jane Tomlinson.

Commenting on news that Jane Tomlinson has passed away from secondary breast cancer Samia al Qadhi, Joint Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care, said:

"Breast Cancer Care is very sad to hear this news, and our thoughts are with Jane's family at this time.

"Jane was a truly unique person and her legacy will live on through the thousands of people she will have helped through her extraordinary fundraising efforts.

"She turned her own diagnosis around and showed tremendous strength and determination, seizing every opportunity. She was told she had a terminal condition yet dealt with it in the most courageous way. What she achieved was extraordinary.

"Jane played an invaluable role in raising awareness of secondary breast cancer, highlighting the issues that people can face and improving people's understanding of the disease.

"Through our helpline we speak daily to women who are facing their own diagnosis of secondary breast cancer. I am sure Jane's efforts will inspire them and give them the strength to realise that there are many things they can still achieve."

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Anyone with breast cancer or breast health concerns should contact Breast Cancer Care's helpline (0808 800 6000) or visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk

For further media information, please contact

Ruwani Weerasinghe
Press Officer
020 7960 3521
ruwaniw@breastcancercare.org.uk

Notes to editors:

Breast Cancer Care has been working for over 30 years to make a difference in the lives of people affected by breast cancer. We provide accurate, easy to understand information as well as practical and emotional support. We are the only charity working across the UK to provide these services. Every year we reach over one million people through our website, helpline, publications, person to person support and health promoting activities, all of which are offered free. We are committed to campaigning for better treatment and support for people with breast cancer and their families.

Ruwani Weerasinghe
Press & PR Officer-Policy, Campaigns & Services
Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care has moved to 5-13 Great Suffolk Street, Southwark, London SE1 0NS from where we will increase the support we can provide to anyone affected by breast cancer or with breast health concerns. Our new switchboard number is 0845 092 0800. Our centres in Wales, Scotland and the North and Midlands are not affected. To find out more about Breast Cancer Care visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk.

Anyone affected by breast cancer can call our free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 6000, open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-2pm.

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