Julia Bradbury, 51, bursts into tears after breast cancer diagnosis

Julia Bradbury burst into tears as she spoke about her upcoming mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

When she appeared on Woman’s Hour Monday, the Countryfile presenter, 51, became emotional as she spoke of receiving the news.

“Your life changes very quickly and there is a glimpse that the first thing that comes to your mind is death and the worst possible scenario,” she said.

Emotional: Julia Bradbury burst into tears as she spoke about her upcoming mastectomy after her breast cancer diagnosis (photo 2019)

The television personality — who has kids Zeph (10) and twins Zena and Xanthe (6) with husband Gerard Cunningham — found a lump in her breast last year that turned out to be a benign cluster of cysts, but she was due for another mammogram this year. to have. years and while that turned out nothing out of the ordinary, the doctors found a shadow at her follow-up appointment.

Speaking of the first signs, Julia said, “About a year ago I noticed a lump in my breast. I was on a business 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.

Teary: The Countryfile presenter, 51, appeared on Woman's Hour Monday and got emotional as she spoke of receiving the news

Teary: The Countryfile presenter, 51, appeared on Woman’s Hour Monday and got emotional as she spoke of receiving the news

“Fast-forward a year I still had a lump, and I had something called microcysts.

“I was told to keep an eye on them, which I did. I went for my tracking mammogram that I insisted on. I told them I had such a pain that I could feel in my lump.’

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

Julia had to have a mammogram right away. “Within minutes I had a biopsy, then I knew I was on a different path,” she said.

Brave: About telling her daughters, Julia said, “It was the hardest conversation I've ever had in my life.  I really had to make an effort to be strong'

Brave: About telling her daughters, Julia said, “It was the hardest conversation I’ve ever had in my life. I really had to make an effort to be strong’

“That was the first moment I felt sadness and fear because everything was changing so quickly, but of course that’s what happens with cancer.”

The presenter burst into tears and said: ‘Anyone who has been through this knows that you can feel fear and I am a very positive person and I am taking it step by step. Human instinct.

“The first thing I thought of were my children.”

Thinking of you: Meanwhile Phillip Schofield sent his good wishes to Julia on This Morning

Thinking of you: Meanwhile Phillip Schofield sent his good wishes to Julia on This Morning

Emma Barnett went on to ask how Julia was doing, how she and her husband Gerard shared her diagnosis with their two children.

How to check your breasts – and what to watch out for

By Liz O’Riordan Breast Surgeon and Breast Cancer Survivor

The most obvious sign could be a lump, either in the breast or high up in the armpit. It can be visible, or only apparent when you feel it. But other symptoms include dimples in the skin of the breast, a retracted nipple, or bleeding from the nipple. A red rash can also be an indication 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 painful. If you’re post-menopausal, any time is fine, although most women find checking on the first of the month is a good way to remember.

  • Stand topless in front of a mirror and check your breasts face on, then from each side. If your breasts are large, lift them up and check the skin underneath.
  • Lift your hands above your head and look again – do they look different?
  • Put your hands on your hips and tighten your chest muscles and check again.
  • Lie down to feel your breasts and press the breast tissue with the flat surface of your fingers. Feel your entire chest in a circular motion from your cleavage to your armpit.
  • Also check in the armpit itself, pushing the skin and fat against your rib cage.
  • If you find a lump anywhere, check the opposite breast or armpit – chances are it will feel the same.
  • If you’re concerned about something you’ve found, check it again in two weeks. If it’s still there, get it checked out by a doctor.

“We’ve been waiting to tell the kids because they were about to go to school, we wanted to get them settled,” she said.

“It was the hardest conversation I’ve ever had to have in my life. I had to make a real effort to be strong, but show that you are also vulnerable.

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

The Countryfile presenter admitted her brain “started to explode” when she received the devastating diagnosis and she is now preparing to undergo a mastectomy next month to remove her left breast, while surgeons will also remove tissue from her lymph nodes to fix it. to determine whether the cancer is spreading.

She said: ‘My surgery is booked for October, it’s clearly something big for women. Losing a breast is a huge trauma to our emotional state.’

Meanwhile, Phillip Schofield sent his good wishes to Julia on This Morning.

Phil said, “Everyone here at This Morning is sending their love. Much love to you Julia.’

The Countryfile presenter admitted her brain “started to explode” when she received the devastating diagnosis and she is now preparing to undergo a mastectomy next month to remove her left breast, while surgeons will also remove tissue from her lymph nodes to fix it. to determine whether the cancer is spreading.

Although Julia has been told her “large tumor” can be “difficult to treat” due to its location, she is hopeful it was discovered early enough to treat.

She told Mail On Sunday: ‘I hope I caught mine early enough.

“A mastectomy is a terrible thing to go through, but it means I’m going to live and be there for my children.”

But the presenter tries not to look too far into the future and is just focused on the next step of her treatment.

She said, “Cancer has so many points, the diagnosis seems like everything, but it’s not. It puts you on a path and you have to navigate that path while holding back your emotions so you don’t get overwhelmed all the time.

“Right now I’m just focused on surgery because I don’t know what I’m going to be like, if I’m going to have more cancer to deal with, how I’m going to cope with recovery, what life will feel like after that.”

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, affecting more than two MILLION women every 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 claims the lives of 11,500 women. In the US, it affects 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 the breast cancer has spread to the surrounding breast tissue, it is called an ‘invasive’ breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with ‘carcinoma in situ’, where no cancer cells have grown beyond the ductus or lobule.

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

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

The cancer cells are classified from low, meaning slow growth, to high, meaning fast growing. High-grade cancers are more likely to come back after being treated for the first time.

What Causes Breast Cancer?

A cancerous tumor starts with one abnormal cell. The exact reason why a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. It is thought that something damages or changes certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiplies ‘out of control’.

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

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

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

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

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

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

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, further tests may be needed to assess whether it has spread. For example, blood tests, an ultrasound 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 treatment. 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 radiation beams that are aimed at cancer tissue. This kills cancer cells or stops cancer cells from multiplying. It is mainly used in addition to surgery.
  • Chemotherapy: a treatment for cancer by using anticancer drugs that kill or prevent cancer cells from multiplying
  • Hormone treatments: Some forms of breast cancer are influenced by the ‘female’ hormone oestrogen, which can stimulate the cancer cells to divide and multiply. Treatments that lower levels of these hormones or prevent them from working are commonly used in people with breast cancer.

How successful is the treatment?

The outlook is best in those who are diagnosed when the cancer is still small and has not spread. Surgical removal of a tumor at an early stage can then give a good chance of a cure.

With the routine mammography offered to women between the ages of 50 and 70, more early-stage breast cancers are being diagnosed and treated.

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

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