An­gela Cox be­comes a celebrity as she helps women cope with breast can­cer

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YOU MAY have seen this face some­where lately. That’s be­cause An­gela Cox is the face of Can­cer Re­search UK’s na­tional breast-can­cer aware­ness cam­paign.

Mrs Cox, 60, who has beaten breast can­cer twice, was se­lected for the cam­paign along with two other women who have been af­fected by the dis­ease. Her photo, taken at a pro­fes­sional shoot by model Penny Lan­caster-Ste­wart, has ap­peared on the fas­cia of nearly 600 shop win­dows across the UK this month, Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month.

“I have seen my­self, and it’s very weird,” Mrs Cox, a grand­mother-oftwo from Hert­ford­shire, tells Peo­ple. “It’s very un­usual to be thrust into the pub­lic eye like this, but it’s nice. I am ex­tremely hon­oured, to say the least.” She adds: “When we did the photo-shoot with Penny Lan­cast­erSte­wart, Rod [Ste­wart] and his daugh­ter Kim­berly came in. We were in our dress­ing-gowns hav­ing our make-up done and they were so sweet and in­ter­ested in what we were do­ing, and happy to hang around. They were gor­geous.”

A for­mer fit­ness in­struc­tor, Ms Cox was di­ag­nosed with can­cer in her left breast in 1996, and her right breast in 2001. She has had both re­moved. Her daugh­ter Sarah, 33, had a pre­ven­ta­tive dou­ble mas­tec­tomy two years ago.

Since be­ing di­ag­nosed, Mrs Cox has worked vol­un­tar­ily to help suf­fer­ers. She is a mem­ber of Sparkle, a lo­cal group of women who raise money for Can­cer Re­search UK, and she has spent the past 12 years vol­un­teer­ing at Mount Ver­non Hospi­tal in North­wood, Mid­dle­sex.

“My main mes­sage about breast can­cer is that un­for­tu­nately it is not just an older woman’s dis­ease, and the quicker a younger woman gets di­ag­nosed, the bet­ter. If you go the GP and are told you are fine but still have a lump, then go and see a spe­cial­ist.”

Mrs Cox lives in Ox­hey with her hus­band An­thony.

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