Shirley Ballas shares health update amid 'terrifying' breast cancer scare

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28 Apr 2024, 09:25

Shirley Ballas

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Shirley Ballas has shared that undergoing a biopsy test to check for breast cancer has been “terrifying” and urges people not to miss their check-ups. 

Earlier this week, the Strictly Come Dancing Judge announced on her Instagram story that she was waiting on biopsy results after having a mammogram. 

During an interview with The Sun, she opened up about the experience and revealed she had another cancer scare while filming the Strictly Christmas Special. 

She told the paper: “I’m worried I’ve worked myself to death. It’s been terrifying to have the needle go in your body to numb it before the biopsy. 

“I feel very emotional. I’m not the same at work at the moment, so I’m teaching, but it’s constantly on my mind.”

Shirley explained a few days after she underwent her mammogram in a mobile NHS unit in a Sainsbury’s car park, she was called to King’s College Hospital in south London. 

The Strictly star said she was “shocked” because her regular check-ups with her nurse had not shown anything, but the mammogram scanner can “pick up small abnormalities.”

She continued: “The doctor said, ‘I don’t want to alarm you, but we found something, and we’re not sure what it is. We need to do a 3D mammogram, which is a more advanced machine’. 

“After that they still weren’t happy after finding lumpy tissue and asked me to come back and do a biopsy.”

Strictly Come Dancing professional Amy Dowden has shared her support for Shirley in telling her story and urging others to get checked. 

Responding to Ballas’ recent post and scare, Amy added a message on her own Instagram story for the dancer and author, sharing: “Always here for you! Important message here all from @shirleyballas.”

Amy has documented her own journey with breast cancer after announcing she had been diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in May 2023. In February 2024, the Strictly dancer revealed she was officially cancer-free.