Julia Bradbury, 51, breaks down in tears as she steels herself for mastectomy after breast cancer diagnosis

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  • Countryfile star Julia Bradbury revealed Sunday she has breast cancer
  • The 51-year-old TV star is set to undergo mastectomy next month
  • She first noticed a lump last year but hadn’t recently received a diagnosis after three mammograms

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Julia Bradbury cried about her upcoming mastectomy after her breast cancer diagnosis.

Appearing on Woman’s Hour on Monday, the 51-year-old Countryphile presenter got emotional as she talked about receiving the news.

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“Very quickly your life changes and it’s such a glow that the first thing you think about is death and the worst case scenario,” he said.

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Emotional: Julia Bradbury breaks down in tears as she talks of her upcoming mastectomy following her breast cancer diagnosis (Picture 2019)

The television personality — who has children Zeph, 10, and twins Xena and Xanthe, six, with husband Gerard Cunningham — found a lump in her breast last year, which turned out to be a benign group of cysts, but had to have another mammogram . years and though it returned nothing unusual, doctors cast a shadow over her follow-up appointment.

Talking about the first signs, Julia said: ‘About a year ago I noticed a lump in my breast. I was on a work trip and then I came back and we went into lockdown.

‘I admit I was a little sloppy. It took me a month to talk to my GP, who I’ve known since I was 18.

TEARRY: Appearing on Woman's Hour on Monday, the 51-year-old Countryfile presenter got emotional while talking about receiving the news

TEARRY: Appearing on Woman’s Hour on Monday, the 51-year-old Countryfile presenter got emotional while talking about receiving the news

‘Fast-forward a year I still had a lump, and I had something called a micro cyst.

‘I was told to keep an eye on them which I did. I went in for my follow up mammogram, which I insisted on. I told him that I have this pain that I can feel in my lump.’

‘It wasn’t until the third physical exam that a doctor discovered a shadow that turned out to be a ‘small lump’.

Julia needed to have a mammogram immediately. “I was having a biopsy within minutes, that’s when I knew I was on a different path,” she said.

Brave: To tell her daughters, Julia said: 'It was the hardest conversation I've ever had in my life.  I really had to strengthen myself to be strong'

Brave: To tell her daughters, Julia said: ‘It was the hardest conversation I’ve ever had in my life. I really had to strengthen myself to be strong’

‘That was the first moment I felt sadness and fear because everything changed so quickly, but that’s what happens with cancer.’

Breaking down in tears, the presenter added: ‘Anyone who has gone through this will know that you can’t help feeling scared and I am someone who is very positive and I am taking it one step at a time. Am. human instinct.

‘The first thing I thought of was my kids.’

Thinking of you: Meanwhile Philip Schofield sends his best wishes to Julia this morning

Thinking of you: Meanwhile Philip Schofield sends his best wishes to Julia this morning

Emma Barnett asked how Julia went about how she and her husband Gerard shared their diagnosis with their two children.

How to check your breasts – and what to keep in mind

Breast Surgeon and Breast Cancer Survivor by Liz O’Riordan

The most obvious sign may be a lump, either in the breast or upward in the armpit. It may be visible, or may only become apparent when you feel it. But other symptoms include a skin dimple on the breast, an inverted nipple or bleeding from the nipple. Red rashes can also be a sign of an underlying problem.

how to check The best time is during your period when the balance of hormones means the tissue will naturally be less lumpy and sore. If you’re post-menopausal, any time is fine, although most women find that checking on the first of the month is a good way to remember.

  • Stand topless in front of the mirror and check your breasts first and then from both sides. If your breasts are large, lift them up and examine the skin underneath.
  • Raise your hands above your head and look again – do they look different?
  • Place your hands on your hips and tense your chest muscles and check again.
  • Lie down to feel your breasts and, using the flat surface of your fingers, push the breast tissue down. Feel your entire breast in a circular motion from your cleavage to your armpit.
  • Also check the armpits, pushing the skin and fat against your rib.
  • If you find a lump anywhere, check the opposite breast or armpit – chances are it will feel the same way.
  • If you’re concerned about something you’ve found, check again in two weeks. If it’s still there, get it checked out by a doctor.
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She said, ‘We waited to tell the kids that because they were about to go to school, we wanted to get them to a stable place.’

‘It was the hardest conversation I’ve ever had in my life. I really had to strengthen myself to be strong but to show that you are weak too.

‘ One of my little girls said: “Can I still hug you mom?” And I said “Of course you can, I’ll need your hug more than ever”.

The Countryfile presenter admitted that her brain ‘began to explode’ when she was given the devastating diagnosis and is now preparing to undergo a mastectomy to remove her left breast next month, while surgeons will use her lymph nodes. Tissues will also be removed from the tumor to establish whether there is cancer or not. Spread.

She said: ‘My surgery is booked for October, obviously it’s a big deal for women. Losing a breast is a big blow to our emotional state.’

Meanwhile Philip Schofield sent his best wishes to Julia this morning.

Phil said: ‘Everyone here this morning sends their love. Lots of love to you Julia.’

The Countryfile presenter admitted that her brain ‘began to explode’ when she was given the devastating diagnosis and is now preparing to undergo a mastectomy to remove her left breast next month, while surgeons will use her lymph nodes. Tissues will also be removed from the tumor to establish whether there is cancer or not. Spread.

Although Julia is told that her ‘larger tumor’ may be ‘trouble to treat’ because of where it is located, she hopes it is caught early enough to be treated.

She told the Mail on Sunday: ‘I hope I’ve caught mine long ago.

‘Going through a mastectomy is a shattering thing but it means I’m going to be here and there for my kids.’

But the presenter is trying not to look too far into the future and is simply focusing on the next phase of his treatment.

She said: ‘There are so many points to cancer, the diagnosis sounds like everything, but it’s not. It puts you on a path and you have to navigate while holding your emotions back so that you are not overwhelmed all the time.

‘Right now I’m just focused on getting surgery because I don’t know how I’m going to be, if I have to deal with more cancer, how I’m going to cope with the recovery, how life will feel afterward.’

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and affects more than two million women a year.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. There are more than 55,000 new cases in the UK each year and the disease kills 11,500 women. In the US, it strikes 266,000 and kills 40,000 each year. But what causes it and how can it be treated?

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer develops from a cancer cell that develops in the lining of a duct or lobule in one of the breasts.

When breast cancer spreads to the surrounding breast tissue it is called ‘aggressive’ breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with ‘carcinoma in situ’, where no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.

Most cases develop in women over the age of 50 but sometimes younger women are affected. Men can develop breast cancer, although this is rare.

Staging refers to how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Stage 1 is the earliest stage and stage 4 means that the cancer has spread to another part of the body.

Cancer cells are graded from low, which means slow growth, to high, which means fast growing. High-grade cancers are more likely to come back after the first treatment.

What causes breast cancer?

A cancerous tumor starts from an abnormal cell. The exact reason why the cell becomes cancerous is not clear. It is thought to damage or alter certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiply ‘out of control’.

Although breast cancer can develop for no apparent reason, there are some risk factors that can increase your chances of developing breast cancer, such as genetics.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

The usual first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps are not cancerous and are fluid-filled cysts, which are benign.

The first place breast cancer usually spreads is the lymph nodes in the armpits. If this happens, you will have a swelling or lump in your armpit.

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

  • Initial evaluation: A doctor examines the breasts and armpits. They may perform tests such as mammography, a special X-ray of breast tissue that can indicate the possibility of a tumor.
  • Biopsy: A biopsy is when a small sample of tissue is removed from a part of the body. The sample is then examined under a microscope to look for abnormal cells. The sample can confirm or deny cancer.

If you are confirmed to have breast cancer, further tests may be needed to find out if it has spread. For example, blood tests, an ultrasound scan of the liver, or a chest X-ray.

How is breast cancer treated?

Treatment options that may be considered include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and hormone treatments. Often a combination of two or more of these treatments is used.

  • Surgery: Breast-conserving surgery or removal of the affected breast, depending on the size of the tumor.
  • Radiotherapy: A treatment that uses high-energy beams of radiation focused on cancer tissue. It kills cancer cells, or stops cancer cells from multiplying. It is mainly used in addition to surgery.
  • Chemotherapy: cancer treatment using anticancer drugs that kill cancer cells, or stop them from multiplying
  • Hormone treatment: Some types of breast cancer are influenced by the ‘female’ hormone estrogen, which can stimulate cancer cells to divide and multiply. Treatments that lower the levels of these hormones, or stop them from working, are commonly used in people with breast cancer.

How successful is the treatment?

The outlook is best in people who are diagnosed when the cancer is still small, and has not spread. Surgically removing a tumor at an early stage can offer a good chance of cure.

Routine mammography offered to women between the ages of 50 and 70 means that more breast cancers are being diagnosed and treated at an early stage.

For more information visit breastcancercare.org.uk, breastcancernow.org or www.cancerhelp.org.uk.

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