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Saturday, 23 May, 1998, 04:28 GMT 05:28 UK
Flower blooms for charity
Hospital ward
The fight against cancer is the aim of the charity which has adopted the starflower as its emblem
British brides are among people being urged to wear silk flowers to help raise awareness for cancer research.

The starflower has been chosen as the emblem for National Cancer Day by the Cancer Research Campaign.

The flower that will adorn buttonholes on May 23 has been used in the worldwide treatment and research of cancer for 700 years, according to the charity.

Brides have been urged to adopt the flower as part of the charity's Starflower Bride Initiative.

Starflower emblem
The Starflower has been linked with cancer for 700 years
The Cancer Research Campaign and designer David Emanuel want brides to wear the yellow bloom in their head-dresses, bouquets or garters in memory of up to 160,000 people who die from the disease each year.

A spokeswoman for the Campaign said the response to the scheme has been enormous.

"People who have lost a parent to cancer are wearing a starflower to remember them on their wedding day," she said.

The brides will join many other members of the public wearing the 1 flower aimed at raising awareness of the disease.

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