Shirley Ballas, 59, underwent the potentially life-changing procedure at the same time last year’s Strictly Come Dancing competition was taking place. It took a four-and-a-half hour operation to remove the star’s DD implants. And the star came to the decision of having them removed after a doctor found a dangerous tissue capsule had grown unexpectedly and because of the risk of cancer running in her family.
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Shirley’s mum, Audrey was diagnosed with colon cancer last year, her grandfather has multiple cancer procedures, and her aunty has also had cancer.
The operation to remove the breast implants was a success and Shirley didn’t have to spend any time away from the Strictly judging panel.
But just one month after the surgery, in December, the former dancer revealed she was undergoing a colonoscopy to examine her bowels for cancer.
She told Radio Times: “I need to get a colonoscopy, I’ve had some cancer cells that were not good, so they need to retest those.”
Shirley’s mum is currently battling bowel cancer. And speaking about her second cancer scare on Loose Women, she explained how doctors have found benign lumps in her bowel in the past.
She said: “I will go again now for another check up and see if there’s anything there that needs removing.”
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 after having her breast implants removed, 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.
Bowel cancer symptoms
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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