Sarah Harding’s consultant at The Christie has spoken out following the Girls Aloud star’s tragic death at the age of 39.
Dr Sacha Howell, who treated the singer for advanced breast cancer at the Mancheser hospital, says that Sarah’s was a ‘quite unusual’ case.
The Stockport-raised singer announced last August that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in 2020 before finding out the cancer had advanced to other parts of her body.
Dr Howell told Sky News: “It is quite unusual to die at that age although breast cancer is the most common cause of death in women between 30 and 50.
“And as we all know it becomes increasingly common the older you get.
“So it is still quite uncommon for women in their 30s to develop the disease but unfortunately when they do it tends to be a bit more aggressive.
“That was certainly the case with Sarah.”
The Christie paid tribute to Sarah, saying: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Christie patient Sarah Harding.
“Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.”
Sarah, who released a single to raise funds for the cancer centre, previously praised the ‘amazing’ doctors, nurses and all staff at The Christie and described them as ‘actual angels.’
In a heart-breaking post shared on Instagram yesterday her mum Marie broke the news that her “shining star” had died after her shock diagnosis.
Sharing a stunning black and white portrait of her daughter, Marie informed Sarah’s fans and followers that she had “slipped away peacefully” on Sunday morning.
Sarah shot to fame when she won a place in the girlband Girls Aloud through TV talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.
The girlband, who split in 2013, went on to have huge chart-topping success.
In March she released her autobiography, Hear Me Out, and had spoken openly about hoping to help others to seek early diagnosis.
And she released single for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust called Wear It Like A Crown.
Loyal fans helped it shoot straight to the top of the download and streaming chart.
Sarah announced that any of the profits gained from the sales of the single would go to The Christie based in Withington.
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She tweeted: “I can’t believe you nutters got the song not only into the charts, but to NUMBER 1! I love you all so much, you’re the best people in the world.”
She explained: “So, while I was searching through my laptop for old photos to include in the book I actually came across a song I’d recorded about ten years ago. I’ve always really loved it, and it made me feel a bit sad that no one ever got to hear it.
“I mentioned this to my team and they said we could release it, and I thought ‘why the hell not?’ It’s called Wear It Like A Crown and it’s out on iTunes and streaming… FROM TODAY RIGHT HERE: http://linktr.ee/SarahHarding.”
Sarah added: “I’ve literally no idea how this all works anymore, but on the off chance it generates any profit, I’ll give it all to the Christie NHS Foundation @thechristienhs where I’m receiving my treatment.
“If you’ve read my book you’ll know just how amazing the doctors, nurses and all the staff at The Christie are.
“They are actual angels. I hope you all like Wear It Like a Crown, give it a listen and let me know what you think. Lots of love, S x.”