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Sign up for Corrie star Julie Hesmondhalgh's cancer campaign
AN ACTRESS has launched a campaign to gather thousands of signatures in a bid to beat cancer.
Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh is to bid a fond farewell to her much-loved character Hayley Cropper in a tragic storyline where she gradually succumbs to pancreatic cancer.
As she prepares to leave the soap at the end of the year, Accrington actress Julie is hoping to gain support for her campaign for more funding and awareness of the disease.
Julie, 43, is hoping to get 20,000 signatures via a Twitter campaign sending followers to the government’s e-petitions page. The e-petition currently has 7,413 signatures.
On the Government website people are urged to back the bid “to aid long overdue progress in earlier detection and, ultimately, improved survival rates”.
Julie has been overwhelmed on Twitter with messages from survivors and loved ones since her character was diagnosed.
She said: “We want there to be more awareness of pancreatic cancer and also to push for more funding.
“I do feel really honoured to be given the opportunity to play this storyline because cancer in general is something that affects everybody.”
Often termed the “silent killer”, many of pancreatic cancer’s symptoms mirror other less critical illnesses.
Sometimes GPs may not recognise these early enough, looking first at other possible causes resulting in lost time before diagnosis.
By this time, in many cases, the prognosis is terminal.
Julie announced earlier this year her plans to leave the soap after 15 years playing the programme’s first transsexual character.
To sign visit epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/48389
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