Davina McCall's sadness that Sarah Harding blamed herself for cancer diagnosis

by 24britishtvOct. 9, 2021, 12:20 p.m. 18
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Davina McCall says she's devastated that Sarah Harding blamed herself for her cancer diagnosis.

The presenter had known Sarah since the very beginning of her career, hosting Popstars: The Rivals when Girls Aloud were formed.

Sarah tragically died last month at the age of 39 after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

And Davina says that cancer victims need to stop blaming themselves for failing to spot the disease earlier.

The 53-year-old told The Sun : "She’d given herself a hard time for not going to sort it out earlier. That, for me, is always the hardest thing.

"My sister was given a terminal diagnosis in hospital and gave herself a hard time for not doing something about it.

"There’s nothing like the look on someone’s face when they realise that what they’re being told is there’s no treatment. This is palliative care from now on."

She added that blaming yourself on top of that makes it "too much to handle".

And she said that while we need to find more ways to teach people how to spot changes in their bodies, there should be absolutely no shame attached to it.

They worked together again in 2016 when Sarah became a contestant on The Jump, another show Davina hosted.

Davina also shared her sadness that it was on that show where they had last seen each other.

She said Sarah was "absolutely brilliant" and "exciting to be around".

Davina will be hosting Stand Up To Cancer on Channel 4 on Friday, a show that's important to her after losing both her sister Caroline and mum Florence to the disease.

Sarah's mum Marie was the one to announce her death on September 5.

She posted in an emotional update on Instagram : "It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away. Many of you will know of Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day.

"She slipped away peacefully this morning. I’d like to thank everyone for their kind support over the past year. It meant the world to Sarah and it gave her great strength and comfort to know she was loved.

"I know she won’t want to be remembered for her fight against this terrible disease – she was a bright shining star and I hope that’s how she can be remembered instead."

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