Emmerdale confirms devastating storyline as Faith's cancer returns

Emmerdale’s Faith Dingle (Sally Dexter) will have her world turned upside down soon as she’s told her cancer has returned.

As part of Emmerdale’s huge week, it was revealed Faith is hiding a life-changing secret, which will turn out to be that she fears her cancer is back.

In an episode airing very soon, Faith will realise the consequences of secondary cancer as she’s eventually given her diagnosis.

Unable to confide in Chas (Lucy Pargeter) and Cain (Jeff Hordley), Faith leans on Moira (Natalie J Robb) for the support she so desperately needs.

Moira urges Faith to tell the rest of her family, but she asserts she wants to mend her relationships first before her illness is revealed.

Emmerdale is working closely with the charity Breast Cancer Now throughout this storyline to help ensure a realistic and authentic depiction.

Catherine Priestley, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Now, said: ‘With it estimated that around 35,000 people are living with secondary breast cancer in the UK, it’s been an incredibly important opportunity for us to provide expert guidance around Faith’s storyline – giving a steer to script writers as to how her diagnosis and experience of the disease can be portrayed accurately and raising awareness of some of the signs and symptoms of secondary breast cancer among millions of Emmerdale fans.

‘Everyone’s experience of breast cancer is different, but we know from calls to our Helpline just how anxious women may feel about the possibility of their cancer returning, and how overwhelming the impact of a secondary breast cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their families.’

Actress Sally Dexter added: ‘It’s upsetting but really important as a storyline, because it’s more than a storyline for so many people. It matters to people who are going through it as well as people who will go through it. I feel a sense of real responsibility, but also a privilege to be doing this storyline.’

Emmerdale Producer, Laura Shaw also commented: ‘Faith’s devastating cancer diagnosis will impact not only her life, but all those around her. We know at the very core of the Dingles is a strong sense of family and love, so for them to try and navigate through this heartbreaking time will be incredibly difficult.’

‘Faith’s zest for life with her spicy sense of humour and appetite for fun and adventure means that while there will inevitably be some painful and heart wrenching moments, we will also see life affirming and positive moments of light in the story too. 

‘Given the calibre of actor Sally is, I know she will approach the story with great honesty and depth and do it justice and this in turn will raise awareness of such an important issue that affects many people on a daily basis.’

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