EastEnders is to tackle the issue of breast cancer in a soon-to-begin storyline for Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson).
In scenes to be aired next month Carol will discover a lump on her breast and after having tests she will be diagnosed with the illness in the new year.
“This is a very important storyline as breast cancer is something that affects so many people. Through Carol’s story I hope we can raise awareness of the impact of breast cancer on the people that have it and their families.” – Lindsey Coulson
The storyline will explore the effect cancer can have on the whole family and is expected to lead to the return of Carol’s daughter Sonia (Natalie Cassidy) who is returning to the soap as a regular.
“EastEnders has a long tradition of dealing with social issues and breast cancer is one that the majority of people have been affected by in some way. And this is not just a story about breast cancer. This is a story about women, about mothers and daughters, and ultimately about family.
“And with Lindsey Coulson, Michael French, Patsy Palmer and Natalie Cassidy giving powerhouse performances at its centre, this is a storyline that will inform, move, and shake up the audience as it shakes up the Jackson family.” – Executive Producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins
EastEnders previously tackled breast cancer in 1996 when Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor) was diagnosed with the illness (right). Peggy eventually underwent a mastectomy in 1999 when the illness persisted following earlier treatment.
The BBC One soap’s producers worked with various cancer experts and charities including Macmillan Cancer Support when devising Carol’s storyline.
“Sadly, thousands of women like Carol are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK, so we congratulate EastEnders for helping to raise awareness of the condition.
“Being diagnosed with cancer can have a devastating impact, not just on the individual, but their families and friends as well. That’s why it’s vital people get the help and support they need at this difficult time.
“We hope anyone watching who is affected by the issue comes to Macmillan Cancer Support for advice by calling our helpline on 0808 808 00 00 or visiting our website.” – Jacqui Graves, Head of Health and Social Care at Macmillan Cancer Support