Cancer campaigner dies aged 24

Published Thursday, 27 February 2014
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Pancreatic cancer sufferer Kerry Harvey, who appeared in a controversial campaign highlighting the disease, has died aged 24.

Cancer campaigner dies aged 24
Kerry Harvey speaks to This Morning earlier this month. (© Ken McKay)

The Pancreatic Cancer Action campaign caused outrage after using a quote from Kerry which stated: "I wish I had breast cancer."

Kerry, who died on Sunday, appeared on This Morning earlier this month to defend her comments and called for more research into pancreatic cancer in order to increase survival rates.

Kerry had been raising awareness of the notoriously difficult to diagnose disease and said her comment was her own words and she has no regrets over what she said.

She explained: "When I first got diagnosed, we were given the prognosis from my doctor and told that only three per cent of people make it past five years.

"I know through friends and family who have had breast cancer that the survival rate from that, as long as it's not inflammatory breast cancer or secondary, which is a lot worse, is 85 per cent.

"So if I was going to have cancer of course I wish I had one with a better survival rate."

The campaign caused huge outrage, particularly from breast cancer charities, and led to Kerry receiving death threats online.

She told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: "It's sad to read reactions like that because I know people with breast cancer and I know it's not easy for anyone to deal with, no cancer is, and I've never implied that breast cancer sufferers have it easier than anyone else.

"All I'm saying is they have a better chance of survival in general than I would."

© UTV News
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