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Gloria Hunniford applauds BBC presenter's courage for her cancer video diary

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Published 16/10/2015

Victoria Derbyshire
Victoria Derbyshire

TV presenter Gloria Hunniford has praised BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire for her breast cancer video diary.

Hunniford lost her daughter Caron Keating in 2004 at the age of 41, after a seven-year battle with breast cancer.

"I admire Victoria enormously," the Northern Ireland broadcaster said. "I think she's a brave girl doing her video diary, I think it's going to be invaluable to a lot of people watching it.

"I believe she's put forward a very positive message, and that's the message I feel is coming through at the moment - that the drugs are better, people are surviving longer, people are managing it and living with it (breast cancer)."

Derbyshire spoke about her mastectomy in an effort to reassure women that treatment for the condition was "do-able".

Hunniford was speaking ahead of hosting this year's annual PINKTOBER gala, which will raise money for the Caron Keating breast cancer charity.

Keating, who presented Blue Peter, had two young sons when she passed away.

"I would have taken the cancer for her, because she was a young girl... with two lovely children, it just seemed so grossly unfair." Gloria said having a month dedicated to breast cancer awareness was invaluable.

"I do feel the sensation of the figures improving and a more positive attitude settling in, but nevertheless the figures are too high, over 50,000 women die every year of breast cancer.

"But it does highlight the need to know your breasts and know your body."

Earlier this week Gloria revealed she was left heartbroken to discover Caron's life could have been saved by a drug which arrived too late for her daughter.

She told presenters Kate Garraway and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain: "I was at a Cancer Research dinner one evening when a consultant came into the room and unveiled this amazing new drug.

"After the presentation, he came over and said that while he was giving his speech, he couldn't help but think that this drug had come along four years too late for my daughter.

"If she'd had the benefit of this drug when she was ill, she could still be alive.

"I remember feeling so angry and frustrated. But at the same time, when Caron was given the prognosis of living for just a year-and-a-half, she went on to survive for seven years. And that's terrific."

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