Kerry Katona holds back tears as she reveals secret cancer scare after finding lump in her armpit

Kerry Katona holds back tears as she reveals secret cancer scare after finding lump in her armpit

02/11/2021

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Kerry Katona held back tears as she opened up about a terrifying cancer scare after the star found a lump in her breast.

The star, who revealed her ordeal on Channel Four’s Steph’s Packed Lunch today, said she feared she’d have just months to live after discovering a lump in her armpit.

Thankfully, the lump was not cancerous, but Kerry said she shared her stories to encourage others not to put off getting help.

Kerry explained: “It was really really scary. I did a photoshoot for my clothing range and there was a picture of my arm up. You can see the lump on my armpit. Someone put a comment to get it checked.”

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Mum-of-five Kerry explained that she ignored the lump at first, but then realised it needed checking whilst in the shower.

She said: “I was in the shower and I shaved that armpit and I thought, ‘yeah it is a bit of a big lump,’ and then when I’ve gone to shave the other armpit I was like the difference in the lump that was here to this armpit. The last six weeks my right breast had swollen out times five times bigger than my left.”

Kerry continued: “I had surgery about a year and a half before on my breasts. Everything was all fine and then six weeks prior to the lump, I kept getting a really achy feeling in my breast. It was so painful.

"I thought something’s not right, the surgery has gone wrong. And then when I found the lump I did the worst thing you could possibly do, I went on Google.”

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Speaking about her fears of dying, Kerry went on: “The difference in the breast was so dramatic that I’ve come out of the shower to my fiance and I’m immediately crying. I thought I’d gone through addiction, I’ve gone through bankruptcy, I’ve gone through mental health and I can control all of those, that’s in my power.

“And then I thought that’s it, I’m going to go to the doctors and they’re going to tell me… it really upsets me… you’ve got three, six months left.

“This was after Sarah Harding got diagnosed. That made me feel we’re not invincible, whether you’re on the TV, whether you’re a judge or lawyer or TV presenter. It doesn’t matter who you are. You’re not invincible to whether it’s Covid or cancer.

“It was so overwhelming that I thought, ‘god, this is it.’”

Kerry explained that she suffers bad anxiety over death following the sudden passing of her ex husband, George Kay, in 2019.

She explained: “When I found the lump, I thought ‘my goodness, I’ve not got a will.’ Whose going to look after the kids?”

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Kerry explained she kept the knowledge of the cancer scare to her close family.

At first, she left it because she thought it was to do with an uplift and reduction operation a year and a half a day.

But then, Kerry said she worried that it could be something worse and contacted her doctor. Luckily, Kerry said that a mammogram and an MRI proved that it was not cancerous but damaged related to a previous surgery she’d undergone on her breasts.

Kerry explained: “Luckily it turned out to be my lymph node, that had been damaged in the surgery. I’ve still not had it fixed, this breast is still a lot bigger. To get it fixed I’ll lose a third of my breast, but I’ve just left it for now.”

The star revealed she was overwhelmed with relief. “I sat there crying thinking ‘oh my goodness’ and I realised the importance of life.” She added: “I felt really grateful.”

Kerry went on to say she has shared her story in order to encourage others not to put off getting things checked, despite the pandemic.

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