We’re so excited to announce that the hugely talented actress and singer, Victoria Ekanoye, has joined forces with her mother and together they have become Prevent Breast Cancer’s newest patrons.
Victoria became a household name playing Angie Appleton in Coronation Street, before leaving the cobbles in 2019. Born and bred in Bury, she’s had a recurring role in The Royals with Liz Hurley since then and most recently appeared on the X Factor: Celebrity.
Preventing breast cancer for future generations is a cause particularly close to Victoria’s heart as her mother Candy was diagnosed with the disease in 2003 at the age of just 41. Six months after her diagnosis, Candy’s sister was also diagnosed with breast cancer and, three months later, another sister was found to have cervical cancer, passing away in 2007. In 2017, Candy’s aunt and mother were both diagnosed with lung cancer and both sadly died of the disease.
Despite undergoing genetic testing, Candy and her sisters tested negative for the BRCA gene mutation, which has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. One of Prevent Breast Cancer’s key areas of focus is genetic research, to find out more about which genetic factors can increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Along with BRCA, there are many types of gene mutations that can lead to a higher risk of the disease being passed down generations of family members, such as SNPs and breast density.
With her own mum being diagnosed with the disease in her early forties, Victoria is now working alongside Prevent Breast Cancer to raise awareness and encourage younger women to check themselves regularly for lumps or any other unusual symptoms in their breasts.
Victoria added: “Breast cancer has sadly affected my own family quite heavily and it lights a fire in my tummy at the thought of being a part of a team that can help prevent such a devastating disease for men and women alike. It’s an honour and a privilege to become a patron and I can’t wait to help raise funds and awareness for this incredible charity.”
Find out more about Prevent Breast Cancer’s gene research projects – the study of DNA to find out what might lead to people developing the disease.