Shirley Ballas health: Strictly Come Dancing judge’s second cancer scare
Shirley Ballas, 59, best known for being head judge on BBC dance competition Strictly Come Dancing, recently underwent a procedure to have her breast implants removed after she was warned by a doctor they could affect cancer detection.
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The star underwent a four-and-a-half hour operation to have her DD breast implants removed after a potentially dangerous tissue capsule had grown unexpectedly and because of a risk of cancer in her family.
Shirley’s mum, Audrey, 82, was diagnosed with colon cancer last year.
The operation was a success and Shirley didn’t spend any time away from the Strictly judging panel.
But in a recent interview with Radio Times, she revealed doctors had discovered some cancerous cells and required a further colonoscopy to examine her bowels.
The news came just a month after Shirley went under the knife to have her implant removed.
She said: “I need to get a colonoscopy, I’ve had some cancer cells that were not good, so they need to retest those.”
Shirley was accompanied by her boyfriend Daniel Taylor, 47, to the doctors where she discovered further tests would be needed.
The retired professional dancer has gushed about how supportive Daniel has been during her recovery from surgery.
Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine, she said: “When I had the breast surgery, he drove for six hours, got here at 2am and then came with me to the hospital
“He was there when I went under, he was there when I woke up and then drove six hours back to do his show.”
A colonoscopy looks at the whole of the inside of the large bowel and is often used to look for early signs of bowel cancer.
Symptoms of bowel cancer
The symptoms of bowel cancer can be subtle and don’t necessarily make a person feel unwell.
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But recognising symptoms when they do show can help with early detection and make treatment more successful.
The NHS says more than 90 percent of people with bowel cancer have one of the following combination of symptoms:
- A persistent change in bowel habit – pooing more often, with looser, runnier poos and sometimes tummy (abdominal) pain
- Blood in the poo without other symptoms of piles (haemorrhoids) – this makes it unlikely the cause is haemorrhoids
- Abdominal pain, discomfort or bloating always brought on by eating – sometimes resulting in a reduction in the amount of food eaten and weight loss
Constipation, where a person passes harder stools less often, is rarely caused by serious bowel conditions.
Bowel cancer screening
In England, everyone aged 60 to 74 who’s registered with a GP is eligible or NHS bowel cancer screening.
The NHS explains: “It involves using a home testing kit to send off some poo samples to be tested for blood.
“This can help detect bowel cancer before symptoms appear, making it easier to treat and improving the chances of survival.”
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