Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
20 May 2014 09:13
Actress Caroline Aherne was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer as a baby
Royle Family star Caroline Aherne is helping to spearhead a drive to make people more aware of the rare type of eye cancer that she suffered from during childhood.
The online campaign is being launched by the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) to highlight the symptoms of retinoblastoma with the Mrs Merton star providing the voiceover for its video.
In the past the comedienne, actress and writer has also been treated for bladder cancer and last week revealed that she has been treated for lung cancer. Both those bouts of cancer are thought to be linked to the genetic form of retinoblastoma that she and her big brother, Patrick, were diagnosed with when they were babies.
Symptoms of the disease, which should be covered by a medical travel insurance policy for sufferers planning to go on holiday, can include a colour change in one eye, a squint and an abnormal reflection of light in the pupils.
Aherne, 50, who has said she will continue with her TV work following her battle with lung cancer, said it was vital that parents knew what to look for so that treatment could begin as soon as possible.
She revealed that pioneering treatment had saved the sight of herself and her brother to varying degrees, adding that she hoped the new campaign would help highlight the ways to spot early signs of the disease.
CHECT's medical advisor, Ashwin Reddy, works at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Royal London Hospital as a consultant paediatric ophthalmologist.
He said it was vital that adults who have survived retinoblastoma have regular checks in an oncology clinic as those with the genetic form were more prone to developing other forms of cancer.
The trust's chief executive, Joy Felgate, said she was sure that Aherne's input would help make the campaign a big success.
She said prompt treatment increased the chances of saving a child's sight, eyes and even their life.
She added that it was also hoped the campaign would also encourage health professionals to treat the concerns of parents seriously, even when the symptoms they were reporting were "very subtle" ones.
21 April 2017
Want to lower your risk of suffering cancer or heart disease? Then get on your bike.
20 April 2017
Researchers have made a significant breakthrough in understanding the way in which breast cancer grows and spreads.
19 April 2017
Budget airline easyJet has apologised over an incident in which two passengers were ordered to leave an overbooked flight.
14 April 2017
Holidays have topped the priority lists of people approaching retirement, with close to two thirds (64%) aiming to go on more trips once they leave the world of work behind.
13 April 2017
A major bank has outlined plans to become more "dementia-friendly".
12 April 2017
Restrictions should be put in place to curb the drinking of alcohol before early-morning flights, a House of Lords committee has suggested.
11 April 2017
Drivers heading to airports and ferry ports this bank holiday weekend have been told to expect heavy traffic.
People who are beginning to notice signs of grey hair have more to worry about than their image.
07 April 2017
Women who live in built-up areas could face a higher risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new report.
06 April 2017
It's well known that oily fish like mackerel is good for the heart and the brain but experts are now considering whether it can also help people with diabetes.
05 April 2017
The UK could face a "damaging" drop in flights if an aviation deal can't be sorted quickly in the Brexit negotiations, a travel trade group has warned.
04 April 2017
BBC broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire has revealed that losing her hair while undergoing chemotherapy was the "worst bit about cancer treatment".