In tonight's Emmerdale (Monday 17 February 2020) it was revealed Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick) has been diagnosed with Bowel Cancer.
Emmerdale representatives have confirmed to AndyGibsonTV.com that this storyline will be played-out in the coming months as the veterinarian comes to terms with her illness.
Bowel Cancer UK have pridefully worked close with Michelle Hardwick and the production team at Emmerdale.
Genevieve Edwards, Chief Executive at Bowel Cancer UK, says:
“We greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with the Emmerdale team on this important storyline. While everyone’s experience of diagnosis is different, it is vital that Vanessa’s story is as accurate as possible.”
“Although bowel cancer is more common in the over 50s, it can affect people of all ages. More than 2,500 people under 50, like Vanessa, are diagnosed with the disease in the UK every year. This storyline will help to raise awareness of bowel cancer, and we hope it encourages viewers to recognise the symptoms and visit their GP if they’re concerned.”
Michelle Hardwick told AndyGibsonTV.com:
“This is such a challenging storyline, but we’ve been working closely with Bowel Cancer UK, who have been enormously helpful to me in researching Vanessa's symptoms and treatment. I hope to do Vanessa’s story justice. I was actually really shocked to learn that bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer, but diagnosed early is treatable."
Emmerdale fans took to Social Media to express their views on the latest in the Yorkshire Village.
Emmerdale continues weekdays on ITV/STV/UTV with an additional episode every Thursday.
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