CANCER survivor Tracey Barraclough is a rebel with a cause.

The 57-year-old mum from Calverley who has beaten the disease twice is rallying others to join her and Stand Up To Cancer.

Mum-of-one Ms Barraclough had her message to cancer written all over her face when she had a David Bowie-esque makeover as part of Cancer Research UK and Channel 4’s autumn fundraising campaign.

Since it was launched in the UK in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer has raised over £38 million to fund over 40 clinical trials and research projects. A host of celebrities from TV, film and radio including Davina McCall, Alan Carr, Bill Bailey, Edith Bowman and Kirstie Allsopp are among stars backing it this year.

Ms Barraclough is now hoping that by telling her story she will also help raise money and save more lives now and in the future.

In March she was diagnosed with bowel cancer but it was successfully treated with major surgery at Bradford Royal Infirmary and she needs no further treatment.

Even though she has had only cancer once, to her she has now beaten it twice after having a mastectomy and hysterectomy nearly 20 years ago to remove the risk of a faulty BRCA1 gene.

The gene put her at a very high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer; at the time her son Josh, now a personal trainer, was only three years old.

She had been tested for the gene because ovarian cancer had already taken her mum, grandmother and great grandmother in their 50s. When Josh turned 18, he was also tested but had not inherited the gene.

After her surgery, Ms Barraclough went on to train and practice as a clinical hypnotherapist and inspirational speaker, making health and fitness an important part of her life.

Over the years she has taken part in Race for Life, the Great North Run and the London Marathon for Cancer Research UK and even took part in a bodybuilding competition.

Her bowel cancer was unconnected to her inherited cancer risk. She said: “I thought hearing my mum tell me ‘it’s cancer’ was the worst shock of my life. But when I heard those words again, this time about me, I just couldn’t believe it. I thought I had already put an end to cancer in my life.

“But unlike my mum, my cancer treatment was successful, and now I’m on the road to recovery I want to make another stand against the disease. Research saves lives and I want everyone to know it. That’s why I’m giving my heartfelt support to Stand Up To Cancer. It raises money to speed up more effective treatments for people who really need it now.

“I really loved having my make-up created for Stand Up To Cancer, it was amazing. The amazing make-up artist, Drew-Ashlyn, was so lovely and really brought out how I am, how I face life and how determined I am not to ever be beaten by cancer.

“I am a rebel against cancer.”

Nicki Embleton, Cancer Research UK spokesman for Yorkshire, said: “We’re really grateful to Tracey for her determination to help others by recruiting people to the cause. Our sincere thanks also go to Drew-Ashlyn and the team at Illamasqua in Leeds who brilliantly translated Tracey’s fearless attitude towards cancer with the most amazing make-up creation.”

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