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Michelle opens up on cancer scare

TV personality Michelle Heaton has opened up about her recent cancer scare.

The former RTE star (35), had to undergo a mastectomy last year after being diagnosed with the faulty BRCA1 gene which greatly increases her chances of getting breast and ovarian cancer.

Speaking about her latest ordeal, she said: "I was rushed to hospital on Tuesday for an ultrasound.


"I did want to keep this private but while I was in the waiting room, someone took a photo of me.

"I'd rather people didn't make assumptions about my health I'd prefer it if it came from the horse's mouth."

She added: "I have a higher chance of contracting ovarian cancer and later on this year, I will be undergoing a hysterectomy, but recently I have been experiencing some symptoms associated with the disease. Due to my increased chance of getting it, my doctor ordered an immediate scan."


The Newcastle native, who's married to Dubliner Hugh Hanley, said she was diagnosed with having non-cancerous tumours called fibroids which were giving her the discomfort.

"Thankfully, because I'm having everything taken out it won't cause any problems in the short term which is good news," she continued.

She went on the Late Late Show last year and gave an emotional interview where she talked about having to have her womb and breasts removed in order to minimise her cancer risk.

Michelle, who has two children Faith (2), and baby AJ (5 months), said she was going to have a full hysterectomy once she had her second baby.

Meanwhile, she extended her congratulations to her pal Katie Price (inset), who had a baby girl with her former hubbie Kieran Hayler recently.

"I've only spoken to her briefly and I'm sure she will let you all know how she and baby girl are as soon as she's all settled back home, but all seemed well when we chatted," she continued.

The former Liberty X beauty has appeared on a number of TV shows over the years, including Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Come Dine With Me.