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As Emmerdale star Malandra Burrows shares her battle with breast cancer

EMMERDALE’S Malandra Burrows has revealed she is battling breast cancer and has urged all women to make sure they get their screenings done.

The TV star was diagnosed with stage 3 disease in February.

Malandra Burrows has announced that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer

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Malandra Burrows has announced that she has been diagnosed with breast cancerPhoto credit: Getty
The former Emmerdale star said she found a lump in January

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The former Emmerdale star said she found a lump in JanuaryPhoto credit: Reuters

She had found a lump in January, but the first doctor she saw told her it was just a cyst.

But a follow-up scan and ultrasound led to experts calling her for an urgent appointment.

She said OK! Magazine, a Macmillan nurse met her to break the bad news.

Malandra, 56, said: “I kind of went into fight mode. Looking back, I gave everything I could and that’s all I can do. I hate to say it, but when it comes to your life you’re willing to do anything to get by. That helped me focus.

“It’s just day by day. I might have one good day, then five bad days, I just have to take them as they come.

“You have to create beautiful moments, they become so precious. Even though they’re so simple, when you have cancer, they become wonderful, meaningful moments.”

The actress, who played Kathy Bates on the ITV drama until 2002, is set to begin six months of chemotherapy the cancer.

She revealed how she suspects it might have been found earlier if a routine mammogram appointment in 2020 hadn’t been canceled due to Covid.

Malandra added: “Since my diagnosis I’ve been telling all the ladies to please go and get one mammography.”

Almost 56,000 people are diagnosed breast cancer in Britain every year, and 11,500 die.

Around 1,500 of those are women under 40, according to statistics from Cancer Research.

Women are first invited to have a mammogram between the ages of 50 and 53, then every three years until age 71.

everyone with symptoms of the diseaseincluding lumps or changes on the breasts or nipples, should see their GP immediately.

1. Change in breast size or shape

Breasts come in all shapes and sizes – and they can look and feel different over the course of a woman’s life.

They can change depending on pregnancy, the menstrual cycle, or simply with age.

By examining your breasts regularly, you will learn what is normal for you and when a change is new.

2. Redness or rash

It’s important to look out for signs of redness or a rash on the skin and around the nipple.

A rash in this area could be triggered simply by new washing powder or a lacy bra irritating the skin.

However, if it doesn’t work and you can’t find a specific reason, get it checked out.

3. Nipple discharge

If fluid comes out of the nipple without squeezing it, it’s important to have it checked by a doctor.

Always remember, if this isn’t normal for you, go to your GP and talk about any concerns.

4. Swelling in the armpit or around the collarbone

Lumps are the most common sign of breast cancer.

But they don’t always appear in the chest.

Breast tissue can also be found under the armpits and up to the collarbone.

So if there is an unusual swelling there, it could be related to the breast tissue.

5. Change in skin texture

From puckering to the tiniest hint of a dimple, changes in the appearance of your breasts can be a sign of cancer.

For example, if it looks and feels like the peel of an orange, go to your GP and get it checked.

6. An inverted nipple

Some people naturally have inverted nipples — which is perfectly fine.

But if you haven’t noticed this before and you suddenly notice a change in your nipples, it could be a warning sign.

7. Constant pain

A dull ache that won’t go away in the chest or armpit is a warning sign of breast cancer.

However, it can be difficult to identify as chest pain is common.

An ill-fitting bra or hormones are among the possible causes – but if the pain doesn’t last for a reasonable amount of time, let your doctor know.

She has urged women to make sure they choose to have their mammograms

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She has urged women to make sure they choose to have their mammogramsPhoto credit: Rex

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