Sarah Harding highlights the importance of early detection

Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud, 39, wrote about her ongoing cancer battle in an extract from her new book Hear Me Out, which was shared by The Times on Saturday.

“One day I woke up realising I’d been in denial. Yes there was a pandemic but it was almost as if I’d been using that as an excuse not to face up to the fact that something was very wrong.

There had been so much reporting on the news about people missing out on check-ups during Covid lockdown, even though they might be worried about something. People who had left a cancer diagnosis until it might be too late.

Maybe if I spoke out, as a public figure, a celebrity, it could help get the message across how important it is to get checked out if you have concerns.”

How brave of Sarah to share her experiences and to highlight the importance of early detection. This was the reason behind our ‘letter to the community’ written by Chai’s Medical Advisory Panel which was shared on World Cancer Day. The letter is detailed below:

Cancer has not stopped because of the pandemic and continues to be an important health issue. We understand and appreciate that there may still be a reluctance to contact your GP should you have any cancer related concerns, as this may result in you needing to go to hospital. We want to make you aware that there has been much thought, care and ongoing vigilance to provide Covid-free oncology hubs, where possible.

So please:-

– if you notice any physical changes or have any concerns please contact your GP as soon as possible

– Make sure you continue to attend scheduled screening appointments and tests

– Be self-aware and don’t ignore any symptoms

If you have been affected by this story, please contact Chai on our Freephone helpline 0808 808 4567 or email