Susanna Reid's touching tribute to Sarah Harding on GMB after Girls Aloud star's tragic death

SUSANNA Reid and Dr Hilary have paid touching tributes to brave Sarah Harding after the Girls Aloud star's tragic death yesterday.

The Good Morning Britain presenters urged Brits who have noticed changes in their bodies to go and see a doctor during an emotional chat about the "wonderful" star.

Sarah, who was just 39, was diagnosed with an advanced form of breast cancer last August.

She had a mastectomy and chemotherapy in a bid to prolong her life, but learned the cancer had spread to her brain and lungs.

Her devastated mum announced her death yesterday.

This morning, Dr Hilary called the singer a "wonderful, vivacious, happy, bubbly, cheeky girl".

"It's just a tragedy at the age of 39," he said.

And Susanna, who called Sarah's death "devastating", urged viewers to see their GP if they notice anything "suspicious".

Dr Hilary said Sarah's diagnosis was "rare" – with just five per cent of breast cancer diagnosed in under 40s.

"The majority of women who develop it are in their 60s, 70s and beyond, so this is an unusual case," he said.

"The NHS prioritises cancer treatment, despite the pandemic, which did affect normal services at the beginning particularly.

"Now cancer is being prioritised.

"We want to see people who have any suspicious symptoms at all."

Sarah initially put off getting medical advice when lumps were found under her arm in December 2019.


And Susanna said: "One of the legacies must be that we are all much more aware.

"Perhaps women don't know a lump under their arm can be a symptom."

Tragically, Sarah faced delays to her treatment due to the first Covid lockdown, writing in book Hear Me Out: "Everything went into slow motion or stopped altogether."

Susanna said: "That's such a devastating line."

"I think this fact will bring many women down to earth today – just 39," Dr Hilary said.

"People needn't be fearful of going into hospital, getting these tests, or bothering their GP – we want to see you if you have signs or symptoms."

Announcing the tragedy yesterday, Sarah's mum Marie described her daughter as a “bright, shining star”.

Bandmate Nadine Coyle, 36, is one of the celebrities to tell of their grief.


In a social media post, said: “I am absolutely devastated!! I can’t think of words that could possibly express how I feel about this girl & what she means to me!!

“I know so many of you will be feeling this way. For now I’m sending so much love to you!!!”

Another former band member, Nicola Roberts, 35, wrote: “I’m absolutely devastated and I can’t accept that this day has come.

"My heart is aching and all day everything we went through together has raced round my mind.

“Electric girl, you made us. You gave it everything and still with a smile.

“A white butterfly flew past my window this morning before I knew, it must have been you.”

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