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TV presenter Sue Perkins reveals she is living with a brain tumour

Sue Perkins, presenter of the Great British Bake Off, has revealed today that she has lived with a brain tumour for the past eight years.

She told Good Housekeeping magazine: “Sometimes it’s big and makes me mad, and sometimes it’s small and is in the background. Sometimes it screws up my hormones. I have various tests now to make sure the side effects aren’t too onerous.”

We hope Sue’s openness about the disease will inspire others to talk about the wide-reaching impact of a brain tumour.

Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “We know that many people feel isolated and reluctant to speak about their experience.

Sue Perkins’ honesty about her own diagnosis will help others to lose their fear of talking openly about the impact of the disease and we are hugely grateful to her for that.

The Brain Tumour Charity is committed to defeating brain tumours and to making the greatest possible impact on the lives of everyone affected.

Our recent report, Losing Myself, is based on the experiences of adults affected by brain tumours, both low and high grade. Like Sue Perkins, they have spoken honestly about their lives. This will help us as we develop our support services over the coming few months and when we’re working with decision makers to argue for improvements in care services. You can read it here.

We know that living with a brain tumour, whatever grade, is not easy. Our support services are available to anyone affected. You can visit the webpages, contact us at support@thebraintumourcharity.org or 0808 800 0004.

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