Dancer from Victoria is face of Cancer Research Race for Life
Now 41, Topaz White has been in remission for ten years
02 March, 2018 — By Tom Foot
A DANCER who was diagnosed with cancer just before her 31st birthday has become the face of the Cancer Research Race for Life this year.
Topaz White, who lives in Victoria, will be fronting 10 events across the country this year.
Now 41, she has just celebrated a decade in remission after discovering 10 years ago she had a cancer gene running through her family.
She said: “I was undressing for bed when I felt a sharp twang in my left breast. I felt the area near my sternum and there was a lump.
“The GP said it was probably nothing and maybe I had lumpy breasts because of my period. I felt they didn’t take it seriously because of my age.
“It took a whole month to get a referral to the Royal Marsden Hospital – I was so fortunate to be there.”
Doctors diagnosed her with stage three breast cancer and she had a lumpectomy, keeping her breast. During the treatment she discovered she carried the BRCA1 gene, which means cancer is inherited.
One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives.
Cancer Research event manager Sarah Parker said: “We love having Topaz with us at our events – she is an inspiration and a great advert for someone who has beaten cancer.”
For more information about Cancer Research go to www.cancerresearchuk.org