The 51-year-old Countryfile star has been sharing her breast cancer battle with fans via social media. Having recently undergone a mastectomy she recently revealed she’s been experiencing “ups and downs”. On Friday 5 November she posted to Instagram: You know what…yesterday wasn’t such a good day.
“‘Everything I need is here right now. I’m loved & I’m OK’.
“I’m sharing this because people have told me it helps them to see someone else going through the trials & tribulations of a cancer diagnosis.
“Sadly 1 in 2 of us will get a diagnosis in our lifetime.”
Julia announced her breast cancer diagnosis in September this year and detailed she’d need a mastectomy later in the year.
She said she found a lump last year which turned out to be a cluster of benign micro-cysts.
But her cancer diagnosis came after she booked in for a mammogram in July on an annual recall.
While the tumour has been described as “sizeable”, doctors believe the cancer cells have not yet spread to the breast tissue, which means she may not need chemotherapy.
At the same time as announcing her diagnosis, Julia urged other women to regularly check themselves for breast cancer and not to be afraid to seek help.
While most breast lumps are not cancerous, it’s always best to have them checked by a doctor.
The NHS says you should see a GP if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
- discharge from either of your nipples, which may be streaked with blood
- a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
- dimpling on the skin of your breasts
- a rash on or around your nipple
- a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast
Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer.