Kerry Katona opened up about suffering a cancer scare during lockdown, after a fan spotted a lump in a photoshoot.
The Atomic Kitten star appeared on Steph’s Packed Lunch this afternoon, when she discussed her health issues.
The mum-of-five explained a fan noticed the lump under her armpit in a photo – and instructed her to get it checked out by a doctor.
‘In that time my right breast had swollen to about 5 times bigger than my left. I had surgery about a year and a half before on my breast, and everything was fine,’ she told the Channel 4 host.
‘I kept getting an achey feeling in my breast, it was so painful, I knew, “somethings not right”.
‘When I found the lump I did the worst thing I could possibly do, I went on Google, and it showed the lump and the swelling, the difference in my breast was so dramatic.’
Kerry has been through a lot in her life, and come out of the other side – but she convinced herself that it would be bad news from the doctors.
Luckily, her fears were unconfirmed, and the lump was found to be a lymph node – but she has urged anyone in the same situation to get themselves checked out as soon as possible.
‘It turns out it was my lymph node, it got damaged in the surgery, I’ve not have it fixed. To get it fixed, I’ll lose a third of my breast,’ she said. ‘I’m going to leave it for now because I’ve done so much to my body, I’ve had so much surgery.
‘The stress I was putting on myself was making me more poorly, mentally, physically and emotional, than what the actual lump and the larger breast was doing anyway…’
Kerry instructed: ‘If you find anything like that, the stress and the worry of not knowing can sometimes be more damaging. Especially if it’s benign. You’re better off going to get it sorted, get it tested and find out.
‘Nobody is going to get themselves checked, that’s why I’m here to talk about it because I think it’s important.
‘Despite the pandemic and Covid, if you find any kind of lump or anything you aren’t sure of…,’ she added. ‘I didn’t want to be a burden to the NHS.
‘I had to go in on my own, it was the most horrific, scariest moment of my life.’
Steph’s Packed Lunch airs on weekdays, at 12.30pm, on Channel 4.
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