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East Ham cancer survivor speaks out about the ‘hidden costs’ of her illness

PUBLISHED: 12:57 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:28 19 June 2017

Patsy Palmer and Hannah Dunne

Patsy Palmer and Hannah Dunne

CLIC Sargent

A young cancer survivor has spoken out about the ‘hidden costs’ of cancer with actress Patsy Palmer as part of an awareness campaign.

Hannah Dunne before cancerHannah Dunne before cancer

East Ham resident Hannah Dunne, 24, said she struggled with body image issues, particularly hair loss, after undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

She shared her story with Patsy for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent’s #NoFilter4Cancer campaign, which aims to reveal the body image concerns and mental health issues of young people with cancer.

Hannah said: “As a woman, my hair distinguishes my femininity. Without it, I felt naked and exposed.

“My curly hair was something that made me stand out and people always commented on it.

“I couldn’t bear to look in the mirror either, when I look at myself I saw somebody who looks underweight and unwell.”

The Zumba instructor discovered a lump which she put down to a muscular knot caused by a fall but was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks later in 2016.

She underwent successful treatment and now hopes to give back to others.

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