Saturday 3 December 2016

Roz Purcell: 'I'm more aware of checking myself after my sister's cancer diagnosis'

Sean O'Grady

Published 07/10/2016 | 12:22

Roz Purcell, left, and her sister Rachel, right. Picture: Martina Regan
Roz Purcell, left, and her sister Rachel, right. Picture: Martina Regan
Roz Purcell and her sister Rachel. Picture: Instagram
Roz Purcell is pictured calling on members of the public to ‘Paint it Pink’ this October as she launches the Irish Cancer Society’s campaign to support people affected by breast cancer in Ireland. Picture: Andres Poveda
Roz Purcell and her sister Rachel. Picture: Instagram
Roz Purcell is pictured calling on members of the public to ‘Paint it Pink’ this October as she launches the Irish Cancer Society’s campaign to support people affected by breast cancer in Ireland. Picture: Andres Poveda
Roz Purcell at The Pride of Ireland Awards 2016
RozPurcell at Today FM's Anton Savage Show
Roz Purcell and her sister Rachel. Picture: Instagram
Roz Purcell and her sister Rachel. Picture: Instagram
Fitness fans: Roz and Rachel take part in Tough Mudder. Photo: Inpho
Roz Purcell seen walking her new puppy Wilko at The Westbury Hotel, Dublin

Roz Purcell has revealed she has become more conscientious of checking her body since her sister Rachel’s cancer diagnosis.

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The Tipperary native's older sister was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia earlier this year which came as a shock to the model, as there is no history of cancer in their family.

The 26-year-old admitted she gets frustrated by friends who put off getting smear tests or checking themselves.

“Things like smear tests, I get everything done. When I’m with my friends and they say they don’t do them, you’re better off to just check,” she told Independent.ie.

Roz and Rachel. Photo: Naomi Gaffey
Roz and Rachel. Photo: Naomi Gaffey

“People live with their head under the sand. After Rachel got diagnosed it did make me really scared to go back and get blood tests after because I was like, ‘Oh, crap’.”

The brunette was speaking at the Irish Cancer Society’s breast cancer campaign.

There has been a 33pc rise in the number of breast cancer cases in Ireland in the last decade and Paint It Pink is calling on members of the public to host a pink coffee morning this month to raise funds for the society’s research.

“We’ve come so far with cancer. The chances she has are so much better than what they would have been before. You wouldn’t know there’s anything wrong with her,” Roz said.

Roz Purcell is pictured calling on members of the public to ‘Paint it Pink’ this October as she launches the Irish Cancer Society’s campaign to support people affected by breast cancer in Ireland. Picture: Andres Poveda
Roz Purcell is pictured calling on members of the public to ‘Paint it Pink’ this October as she launches the Irish Cancer Society’s campaign to support people affected by breast cancer in Ireland. Picture: Andres Poveda

She and her sister, who live together in Dublin city centre, adopted a Jack Russell terrier Wilkso soon after Rachel's diagnosis on their doctor's advice.

"When my sister Rachel was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia earlier this year, one of the things she was advised to do was to keep her stress levels down, and it was suggested to us that we get a dog. We chose to rescue a pup because there are so many dogs out there that need really good homes," Roz previously explained.

"Wilko is such good company, so full of energy and always so happy which is contagious. It's the ultimate distraction and de-stresser."

Roz Purcell seen walking her new puppy Wilko at The Westbury Hotel, Dublin
Roz Purcell seen walking her new puppy Wilko at The Westbury Hotel, Dublin

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