Christine McGuinness suffered terrifying breast cancer scare after finding lump10/06/2023
Christine McGuinness has revealed she suffered a terrifying breast cancer scare after finding a lump.
The 35-year-old reality star, who has daughter Felicity, seven, and nine-year-old twins Leo and Penelope with ex Paddy McGuinness, noticed something wrong with one of her breasts and had an emergency appointment due to her family’s history.
‘Before I had children, I found a lump one day. Women in my family have had breast cancer,’ she said.
‘Because of that history, I got seen quite quickly,’ she told the Daily Star. ‘I had a full check-up and I had scans.’
Thankfully for Christine, she was told the lump wasn’t cancerous, and now she gets regular checks to make sure she’s still in good health, while also keeping on top of it herself.
She added: ‘I always check myself when I’m in the shower.’
The mum-of-three – who split from husband Paddy last year – is using her own experience to raise awareness of how vital early detection can be.
Her mum and three of her aunts have all battled the disease, and Christine, who serves an ambassador for the Pink Ribbon Foundation, which provides grants to cancer charities, as wants people to take the issue seriously.
‘If you see any changes or you are unsure, you’ve got to go and get it checked out,’ she urged.
Her mother Joanne has always been her inspiration, and she ‘instilled’ a positive attitude in her which she’s keeping despite her ‘difficult’ ongoing divorce from Paddy.
‘I am obviously going through a difficult divorce right now, things are hard,’ she told the Mirror. ‘But I will always continue to smile and the reason is because I am my mother’s daughter, she has instilled that in me.’
Two years ago, Christine revealed her mother was in remission, while the star herself had a negative test for the BRCA gene, having decided to find out after her mum was diagnosed.
‘I’m just really relieved. Thank God it came back negative,’ she told OK! magazine at the time. ‘It doesn’t mean I can’t get cancer, but it means my chances are the same as anybody else’s.’
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