A brave West Yorkshire woman who underwent a double mastectomy has stripped off for a calendar to raise awareness and funds for a cancer charity.
Kelly Young, 38, has dared to bare all in aid of the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline charity, which supports ladies at high risk of developing breast cancer due to the faulty gene BRCA.
Kelly, from Cleckheaton, features as Miss December in the charity calendar.
She said: “I’ve been involved with the charity over the last six years since I discovered I was considered to be at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
“I elected to have bilateral mastectomies in 2009 as a preventative measure and had an oophrectomy procedure this year to reduce my risk of ovarian cancer.
“The BRCA Babes calendar is a collection of 25 ladies ranging in age from 25 to 50, who have undergone mastectomy procedures and are happy to show it has not stopped them being sexy and glam!
“We hope it will raise awareness of hereditary breast cancer and dispel myths that you have to be disfigured as a result of preventative mastectomy.”
The charity’s founder, Wendy Watson, said: “There is so much more awareness about hereditary breast cancer nowadays. When I had my operation doctors still needed convincing that breast cancer could be hereditary, let alone given the choice of different options of surgery.”
Actress Angelina Jolie hit the headlines this year when she had a preventative mastectomy after discovering she carries the BRCA gene.
To buy the calendar, visit www.brcababes.com. To call the helpline, dial 01629 813 000.