My name is Kirsty Holden and I am a research scientist, married with two children. I am based at Alderley Park and my work has links to breast biology and oncology. When I was 38, I discovered that my sister carried the BRCA1 gene, and further investigation with Professor Tony Howell at the Nightingale Centre resulted in the discovery that both myself and my other sister carried the gene as well. This meant that we had a 60 – 90% chance of developing breast cancer – the fact that all three of us inherited the gene was incredibly bad luck. Ultimately, at the age of 40 I had a double mastectomy and reconstruction so now my risk of developing breast cancer is less than the general population.
In 2019 I joined forces with over 100 other women who’d been affected by the disease and I took part in the amazing BreastFest campaign, which helped to raise awareness about breast cancer risk and prevention, as well as funds for Prevent Breast Cancer.
I am delighted to continue to work for greater understanding of breast cancer risk and am thrilled to be taking up the role of a Prevent Breast Cancer Ambassador, with a particular emphasis promoting the work of the charity within the Alderley Park community.