October 16, 2021 – 22:57 BST
Strictly judge Shirley Ballas has taken to Instagram to thank fans after some noticed a lump underneath her arm
While many fans are enthralled on Saturday nights by the performances on Strictly Come Dancing, some eagle-eyed viewers got concerned after they spotted a lump underneath head judge Shirley Ballas’ arm.
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Several messaged the judge to notify her about what they had seen, and on Saturday she took to Instagram to thank those who got in touch. In a video, she said: “Last week and the week before I got some alarming messages from people who said when I picked my arm up they could see lumps or bumps and nodes or whatever.
WATCH: Shirley Ballas thanks fans after they notice ‘alarming’ lump
“I’ve just done some self-check on myself, and I couldn’t feel anything except a tiny little node on the back. I’m going to go to the doctors on Tuesday, and too all the women out there please keep checking yourself and to those people who were concerned enough to send me messages they saw lumps and bumps I’m very grateful.”
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She finished: “But females self-check at any age to just check we have no little bumps or lumps under our arms, or anywhere else for that matter. With gratitude, thank you.”
She also thanked fans in her caption as she wrote: “So many messages over the last three weeks about suspected lump under my right arm. I have done a self check and will go to my Dr on Tuesday.
“Thank you to those who reached out with their concerns. To all be vigilant and do self checks regularly. #selfcheck #nodes #breastcancerawareness #gratitude #thankyou.”
Shirley thanked fans for their concern
The 61-year-old was immediately inundated with support, with Strictly pro Neil Jones writing: “Thinking of you.”
Another commented: “Good on you for coming on and sharing that important health message. That’s brave & kind in equal measures. Lots of love.“
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And a third added: “Women helping women! I love this! Please get it checked out and fingers crossed it’s nothing serious xx.“
The dancer is the head judge on Strictly
In 2019, the judge had her breast implants removed, as it would reduce her risk of contracting breast cancer, something which runs in her family.
She had suffered a cancer scare the year before when she was taking part in Who Do You Think You Are?, where she revealed that she was planning on having the operation.
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