A TAYSIDE woman has died aged 36 after a short battle with an aggressive form of breast cancer.
Now, her mum is trying to alert others about the rare type of the disease that killed her daughter.
Samantha Kenny, from Perth, passed away in hospital in Aberdeen — 15 months after being diagnosed with advanced inflammatory breast cancer.
Mum Denise, 59, of Scone, says she doesn’t believe enough information is out there about this form of the disease.
She said: “Women are told to check their breasts for lumps but we don’t get told an awful lot of the signs to look out for in this type of cancer.
“I also believe that GPs don’t know an awful lot about it and as a result women, like my daughter, may end up being diagnosed only when the cancer has progressed to a late stage.”
She explained that Samantha, who had been living most recently in Aberdeen, first went to the doctor in May 2014, because she discovered a problem with her breast.
“There wasn’t a lump but Samantha knew something wasn’t right,” said Denise.
She said it was initially thought that she had a cyst, while the lack of a history of breast cancer in her family suggested she was unlikely to get it.
Denise said: “However, Samantha went back in October with symptoms including red and inflamed skin on her breast. Eventually, she was diagnosed in November with advanced inflammatory breast cancer.
“Who knows if being diagnosed earlier would have made a difference but I would like other women to be more aware of this form of cancer.
“The cancer was at stage three by the time Samantha was diagnosed.”
However, by January the cancer had spread, including into her liver, and Samantha became increasingly unwell.
Denise added: “Right up until a couple of weeks before she died Samantha kept smiling and fought this illness but sadly she passed away only a day after being admitted to hospital.”
Samantha is also survived by her son Joshua, who is now living with Denise and her husband, Willie.
She also has a younger sister, Suzie, and a brother, Nathan