Science Museum pays tribute to most cancers activist Deborah James


Deborah James together with her SMG Fellowship awarded in honour of her work on the advisory board of Most cancers Revolution © Science Museum Group

The Science Museum Group (SMG) has paid tribute to most cancers consciousness campaigner Deborah James following her dying on the age of 40.

James, who rose to fame as “bowelbabe” on social media, was a co-host on the BBC podcast You, Me and the Huge C and commenced campaigning to destigmatise the illness after being identified with terminal bowel most cancers in 2016.

She performed a key position on the exhibition advisory board of the SMG’s Most cancers Revolution exhibition, which is on at London’s Science Museum till January 2023 after a profitable run on the Science and Business Museum in Manchester.

James was awarded a fellowship by the SMG earlier this 12 months “in recognition of her tireless work on social media, together with blogs and articles, which has unfold positivity and consciousness about most cancers analysis, remedies and the expertise of sufferers, and has highlighted the significance of early analysis and analysis to a wider viewers”. 

James stated she had needed the Most cancers Revolution exhibition to “open up the dialog of most cancers much more—throw down the veil, and educate a brand new era to know that prevention is vital, science is fantastic, and at all times to have hope”.

James introduced in Might that she was receiving palliative care. She raised tens of millions for Most cancers Analysis UK within the weeks earlier than her dying, receiving a damehood for her campaigning work.

James not too long ago donated the poo costume she famously danced in for Bowel Most cancers Consciousness Week to the Science Museum. The costume will now go on show to commemorate her life.

A movie that includes James that explores hope for the way forward for most cancers analysis can be seen in Most cancers Revolution.

SMG chair Mary Archer stated: “We’re all deeply saddened by the dying of Dame Deborah James, who modified the best way we speak about most cancers, and our ideas are together with her household. 

“My colleagues throughout the SMG really feel enormously proud to have labored with Deborah on the Most cancers Revolution exhibition, presently open on the Science Museum. We wish to have fun Deborah’s dedication to serving to us create a frank however hopeful exhibition by difficult our assumptions about what it’s really prefer to dwell with most cancers and pushing us to characterize the various experiences of most cancers for sufferers.  

“We have now misplaced our most distinctive SMG Fellow however we really feel lucky to have the ability to proceed the work she cared so deeply about by way of an exhibition that encourages guests to have conversations about most cancers that they might by no means have been in a position to earlier than.”



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