28-year-old Hollyoaks star Abi Phillips diagnosed with thyroid cancer

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Photo credit: Abi Phillips - Instagram
Photo credit: Abi Phillips - Instagram

Abi Phillips, best known for playing Liberty Savage on Hollyoaks, has revealed she's been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 28.

Taking to Instagram, the actor slash musician shared a series of photos (one showing her in a hospital gown and the other with a bandage on her neck) alongside an emotional caption in which she announced her diagnosis.

"I took these pictures before my scans and after my biopsy having a good old laugh about how ridiculously dressed up I looked in the hospital before a gig, not expecting for one moment to get the news that I did two weeks later," she told her followers. "I’d previously been sent away from the doctors after having found two lumps in my neck, they’d passed it off and said I was 'young' and it wouldn’t be anything and I was 'probably getting over a cold' or my body was 'fighting something off'. As much as that’s what I wanted to hear I wanted to get everything checked for my own peace of mind."

She went on: "I booked in with a specialist and immediately she told me she was very concerned due to where my lumps were located and referred me for an urgent biopsy and scans."

Explaining what happened next, Abi recalled having an appointment with a consultant who diagnosed her with thyroid cancer and told her she'd need to undergo surgery and radiotherapy. "I never thought I would be told that I have cancer at the age of 28, you never think it’s going to happen to you," she said.

"I wouldn’t have taken things further with seeing a specialist if I hadn’t seen @demijones1 post as her lumps were in the exact same place as mine," Abi added as she praised Love Island's Demi Jones who was also diagnosed with thyroid cancer and shared her ordeal on social media – something which Abi notes is the reason she fought so hard for a second opinion.

"If ever you find a lump or something unusual on your body, never just think it’s nothing, don’t be told that you’re fine by the GP and you’re 'young'," she added. "Always get things checked out by a specialist if you can and insist on tests even if it turns out to be nothing, as catching things early is crucial for a good prognosis."

Abi ended her post with a hopeful look towards the future: "This time next week I’ll be on the road to recovery after my operation 💖."

Sending all our thoughts and positive energy to Abi!

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