By Benjamin Coren
25 women from across the UK who have the BRCA gene which greatly increases their chance of developing breast cancer to 85% are taking part in a nude calendar for charity.
The calendar aims to raise money to the 24 hour National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline.
Carly Perkins who has the BRCA 1 gene is in the calendar. She told The District Post: “The organisation put on Facebook they were doing the calender and I put myself forward to be involved. The gene is hereditary, I had double mastectomy surgery, they remove all the breast tissue and then re-construct them with other tissue or implants and it reduced my risk of cancer to 5%.”
Everyone in the calendar has had the same surgery to show life after surgery. A company called Model Mentor did the shoot and dedicated time in the studio.
“I was really, really nervous going in, but it was very relaxed and really surreal. It was quite a laugh really.”
All the models had different sponsors for the calendar, Carly was sponsored by her uncle’s company ISG, an international construction services company.
Carly said: “Morning TV picked up on my story and I went on two days before my surgery. They suprised me by bringing on Liberty X star, Michelle Heaton. She is a couple of years younger than me and also has children. Her surgery was in November and mine was in March 2013.
“I found out in June 2012 I had the gene and at the time she had just started chemotherapy and I didn’t really think about it. My aunt passed away last summer with ovarian cancer and I didn’t start thinking about it until September when I saw a surgeon.
“It was a pretty bad year last year and my daughter had problems with her hips and I was thinking about everyone else before myself.”
Carly is from Crawley, West Sussex and is a full-time mum. If you would like to buy the Calendar visit www.brcababes.com. The calendar costs £10 and all proceeds go to the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline.