20 February 2017
‘STEVE HEWLETT SHONE A LIGHT ON CANCER,’ SAYS MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
It was been reported that BBC presenter and journalist Steve Hewlett has died from cancer.
John Newlands, Senior Cancer Nurse at Macmillan Cancer Support, appeared alongside Steve Hewlett when he shared his story on the Eddie Mair Show on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, offering information. John Newlands said:
“We are deeply sorry to hear the news that Steve Hewlett has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
“Steve spoke openly about his cancer diagnosis and treatment. Radio 4 listeners said that by sharing his story, Steve stopped them feeling alone.
“We hope that by shining a light on what it’s like to live with cancer, Steve has encouraged more people – and particularly men – to see a doctor early if they have worrying symptoms and to feel more confident when telling family and friends that they have cancer.
“Macmillan offers advice, information and support to anyone affected by cancer, including carers, friend and relatives. You can call Macmillan’s free telephone helpline on 0808 808 00 00.”
For further information, please contact:
Catherine Jones, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 0912453 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
- The oesophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach and is part of your digestive system. Cancer can develop anywhere along the length of it.
- It is the 13th most common in adults, and around 8,750 people are diagnosed with it each year in the UK.
- It is more common in males and older people - in more than half of cases the patient is aged over 70
- Symptoms of oesophageal cancer includes:
- Difficulty or pain swallowing
- Weight loss
- Food coming back up or vomiting
- Indigestion or heartburn that doesn’t go away
- A hoarse voice
- A dull pain behind your breastbone or in your back.
While these could be symptoms for other conditions if you have these and they don’t improve within a few weeks, see a medical professional.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer and need support, call the Macmillan support line from 8am until 8pm on 0808 808 00 00 or visit our 24 hour online community macmillan.org.uk/onlinecommunity
Sources (for Evidence purposes): http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/oesophageal-cancer/incidence#heading-Zero
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk