Love Island star Faye Winter has sparked concern among her fans after revealing she’s found a lump in her breast.
Taking to Instagram Stories, the reality TV star, 27, shared a candid video revealing she’s undergoing a mammogram and ultrasound to get the lump checked out after discovering it while on holiday with her pals.
Faye urged her followers to ‘have a little check’ of their breasts and went onto praise the ‘incredible’ NHS for their care.
In the clip, Faye explained she first found the lump while she was applying suncream during her holiday abroad.
She later updated her fans by revealing she was heading back to the hospital on Thursday, and thanked her followers for their messages of support.
Scary: Love Island star Faye Winter has sparked concern among her fans after revealing she’s found a lump in her breast
On her Instagram Stories, Faye said: ‘I know that a lot of you have noticed that I have been quite quiet on here, especially since my girls holiday when you guys were like ”where’s all [my] content.”
‘I didn’t want to let anyone in too soon and I didn’t feel like there was a right time to speak to you guys but I feel like today is probably the day for it.
‘If one person has a check today then I will be so happy.
‘I was putting my sun cream and I went ”oop, what is she, she is knew to my body.” And I found a little lump.
‘So I went to my doctors and two weeks ago and they referred me and I’m going to have a mammogram and an ultrasound and make sure everything’s OK and make sure it’s nothing sinister.
‘I’m sure it’s nothing and it’s just a cyst or something but it has played on my mind and I haven’t really been able to get it out of my mind which is fine.’
Later that day, Faye updated her followers with another selfie, writing: ‘Thank you all for the support today. I’m going back to hospital on Thursday. Will keep you all updated.
‘I’m just going to leave this link here for anyone that needs to know how to check or what to look out for. Love you all,’ before posting a link to Coppafeel website.
Worrying: The reality TV star urged her followers to ‘have a little check’ of their breasts and went onto praise the ‘incredible’ NHS for their care
Revelation: In the clip, Faye explained she first found the lump while she was applying suncream during her holiday abroad
The beauty, who met her ex-boyfriend, 28, on the reality show’s 2021 series, announced their ‘heartbreaking and difficult’ separation in February after a year-and-a-half of dating.
And while the pair have kept quiet about the cause for months, Faye has finally spilled the beans in an exclusive interview with MailOnline.
Faye, who is the face of The Big Help Out campaign, confessed they were both in ‘different places’ and wanted opposing things, which put a strain on their relationship.
She said: ‘It’s been very obvious, especially over the last few months, we just wanted different things. We were just in different places.
‘And you know, relationships… they’re hard, you know, they’re hard things to maintain. People go through breakups every single day. People go through heartbreak every single day.
Together: Faye had recently returned from a girls’ holiday to Crete , where she reunited with her Love Island co-stars Liberty Poole , Sharon Gaffka , Abigail Louise Rawlings and Kaz Kamwi
‘It’s just part of life and it’s a really difficult situation to go through. I’m not ready. I don’t know if I will ever be ready to disclose what fully happened between us because that is between me and Teddy.
‘But we just wanted really different things and, yeah, I think that’s become… you know, I wanted to continue doing my work with charity and my Guide Dogs work.
‘And it’s just one of those things, unfortunately, and it is sad. It will always be sad and he’ll always hold a very special place in my heart.
‘But we’ve just got to keep moving and it’s difficult because everybody wants to know, but at the same time we’ve got to respect our own privacy and also respect each other’s.’
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Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Each year in the UK there are more than 55,000 new cases, and the disease claims the lives of 11,500 women.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer develops from a cancerous cell which develops in the lining of a duct or lobule in one of the breasts.
When the breast cancer has spread into 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 duct or lobule.
Most cases develop in women over the age of 50 but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men, though 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 cancerous cells are graded from low, which means a slow growth, to high, which is fast-growing. High-grade cancers are more likely to come back after they have first been treated.
What causes breast cancer?
A cancerous tumour starts from one abnormal cell. The exact reason why a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. It is thought that something damages or alters certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiply.
There are some risk factors that can increase the chance of developing breast cancer, such as genetics.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
The usual first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps are not cancerous and are fluid filled cysts, which are benign.
The first place that breast cancer usually spreads to is the lymph nodes in the armpit. If this occurs you will develop a swelling or lump in an armpit.
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