Steph Cunningham's cancer battle

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 May 2010
Hollyoaks actress Carley Stenson

Hollyoaks actress Carley Stenson

'Hollyoaks' character Steph Cunningham will be left devastated when doctors tell her she has cervical cancer

Steph Cunningham will be devastated to learn she has cervical cancer.

The 'Hollyoaks' character - played Carley Stenson - is shocked to discover she is ill with the disease after ignoring the signs something was wrong.

Carley said: "It's cervical cancer. The storyline begins with a doctor breaking the news to Steph.

"She's been told she needs follow-up tests. Her initial reaction is to ignore the letter telling her to go for an appointment with the oncologist. She's too scared to go."

Although she is upset by the news, Steph is too frightened to tell her new love interest Gilly Roach (Anthony Quinlan) - who she has been pursuing for months - in case she puts him off.

She said: "She should but she doesn't. They've only just got together and she wants to spare him the pain of having a girlfriend with cancer. She's also worried it might put him off her.

"They really love each other and when Gilly knows the truth, I'm sure he'll support Steph."


1. angelicashell2 Jun 2010, 8:05pm Report

Ok, I caught the end of Hollyoaks today, which I don't usually watch however. This storyline has actually angered me more than anything. There are young girls who CAN'T get a cervical smear test until they are 25. I am 22 and want to have a smear test. How is it that Steph, who is only 23 or 24 managed to get a smear test? This story has been portrayed in the wrong way. If a girl asks for a cervical smear test, and is under the age of 25, she is denied it. How is that fair? Yes, they are showing us the horrible battle that some young women have with cancer. Jade Goody was one of them, we shouldn't be denied access to smear tests just because we don't have money to pay for them. There will be young women watching Hollyoaks thinking - "I should go for one" only to find out they can't. That is what needs to be brought to attention, but it seems it's been completely overlooked.

2. The Eve Appeal3 Jun 2010, 10:34am Report

Cancer of the cervix, or neck of the womb, is diagnosed in around 2,800 women in the UK each year. As a result of the National Health Service (NHS) cervical cancer screening programme, this number is around half of what it was 20 years ago (Cancer Research UK, February 2009) but it is still the second most common cancer in women under 35 years old.

The Eve Appeal - is a national Gynaecology Cancer Research Fund charity. Our mission is to improve these statistics by funding vital research programmes at UCL.
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