BBC Radio 4 Appeal

Rachael Bland, BBC 5Live News presenter and co-host of podcast You, Me and the Big C, will be helping to raise much-needed awareness and vital funds for The Eve Appeal on Sunday 22nd July when she will present a slot in the weekly BBC Radio 4 Appeal programme.

You can listen to the our Appeal live on Sunday 22nd July at 7.54am and 9.26pm and again on Thursday 26th July at 3.27pm.

Big C. Little Me.

Rachael is a daughter, wife and mother to a two-year-old. She doesn’t look as if she has cancer. She was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in November 2016.

She underwent four and a half months of chemotherapy, which was followed by a lumpectomy (removal of breast lump) in May 2017, and a mastectomy in July 2017. Rachael began with 15 sessions of radiotherapy, which was followed with another 18 weeks of chemotherapy.

Sadly for Rachael, earlier this year she discovered that her cancer had spread to her lymph nodes – meaning it was therefore incurable. She has now begun an immunotherapy trial – which works by harnessing the immune system to destroy cancer cells and taking a new trial drug which is designed to make immunotherapy – usually used for other cancers – more effective in treating breast cancer.

Rachael blogs about her experience and cancer journey through her blog Big C. Little Me.

Rachael Bland with her husband and son

‘I don’t want my daughters to face a future like mine’

Daloni (whose story is being shared) has womb cancer. Womb cancer is the 4th most common cancer in women in the UK yet it is still relatively unknown.

There are around 9,100 new uterine cancer cases in the UK every year, that’s 25 every day – with over 2,300 cancer deaths in the UK every year, that’s around six mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and friends every day. We feel that’s six too many.

Sadly Daloni’s womb cancer is incurable. She faces an uncertain future. But Daloni is passionate in making a difference, not just for her two young teenage daughters, but for all mothers, daughters, sisters and friends everywhere of today and the future.

As a result, Daloni has recently shared her experience in our comprehensive information guide ‘Understanding Womb Cancer’ which provides key information for women and their families who have been affected by a womb cancer diagnosis.

Daloni and her two young teenage daughters

Funding our life-saving research

The money raised from our Appeal will help to fund pioneering research into early detection, risk-prediction and prevention of women-specific cancers.

It will specifically help to fund our research programme 4C. This aims to develop a test using a normal cervical smear which would be applicable to virtually all women within the general population. It is hoped that this test can reveal a woman’s 5-10 year risk for the development of any one of four cancers: breast, ovarian, cervical and womb. These cancers alone represent 47% of all cancers in women.

The ambition is that by 2020, we will have developed a single risk model; one test for four cancers.

Your support can help save women's lives

We need your help to fund pioneering research into early detection, risk prediction and prevention of all five gynaecological cancers; womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal.

Sadly, awareness of these cancers is low and more often than not, the first time a woman has even heard of one of these cancers is when she’s diagnosed.

That is why your support today could really help save lives and ensure we live in a world where fewer women are diagnosed and more women survive a gynae cancer diagnosis – for the women of today and the mothers, daughters, and sisters of the future.

To donate to our Appeal, and to help us achieve our mission, please click here.