The female stars of ITV’s ‘The All New Monty: Ladies Night’ have been widely praised online for encouraging viewers to check for symptoms of cancer.
On Monday evening, eight celebrities - including Coleen Nolan, television presenter Victoria Derbyshire, tennis champion Martina Navratilova and actress Crissy Rock - performed a striptease in front of the nation.
The aim behind bearing all was to encourage women to have regular smear tests and to check their breasts - and it seems the show has already had a positive impact on fans.
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‘The Only Way is Essex’ star Danielle Armstrong, who stripped onstage, took to Twitter to reveal that a number of fans were inspired to check themselves for the first time.
She wrote [sic], “Overwhelmed By Last Nights ‘The All New Monty Ladies Night’ Waking up to so many messages from both Ladies & Men telling me how they have now checked themselves for the first time just from watching the last two shows on @ITV Honestly means the world to me.”
Overwhelmed By Last Nights “The All New Monty Ladies Night” ☺️ Waking up to so many messages from both Ladies & Men telling me how they have now checked themselves for the first time just from watching the last two shows on @ITV 🙏🏻 Honestly means the world to me #TheAllNewMonty pic.twitter.com/PhZF8D1qHr— Danielle Armstrong (@Daniarmstrong88) May 8, 2019
ITV also tweeted a congratulatory message to the women involved which saw a number of fans praise the celebrities’ bravery.
Wearing nothing but their hearts on their sleeves 💕 This took courage and we couldn't be more proud 👏 #AllNewMonty @NolanColeen @Vicderbyshire @DaniArmstrong88 @LaurieBrettX @MeganBHanson @Martina @LisaMaffiaUK @Crissy_Rock pic.twitter.com/bj0EhiRIzY— ITV (@ITV) May 7, 2019
“I take my hat off to all you wonderful ladies for being so courageous and inspirational in the continued research to eradicate this dreadful disease,” one wrote.
Another added, “This will save lives.”
Omg. Amazing. You all should be so proud. This will save lives x— Jo Jones (@jones16jo) May 7, 2019
I take my hat off to all you wonderful ladies, for being so courageous and inspirational, in the continued research to eradicate this dreadful disease.— James Thomson Egan (@JTEKoyli9002) May 7, 2019
Well done ladies and thank you for baring all. As we have all seen tonight, living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis is not just about the physical scars! @macmillancancer is a wonderful organisation to help cancer patients live on and to the full, cured or not!! Check it out!— Nicola Robottom (@nicolarobottom) May 7, 2019
Over 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK while approximately nine women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every day.
Women aged between 25 to 64 in the UK are invited to regular cervical screenings (smear tests) to check the health of the cervix.
While The NHS Breast Screening Programme invites all women aged between 50 and 70 for screening every three years.
If you are over the age of 70, then you won’t be automatically invited and will need to make an appointment with your GP.
The symptoms of breast cancer to look out for
A change in the size, shape or feel of a breast
A new lump or thickening in a breast or armpit
Skin changes such as puckering, dimpling, a rash or redness of the skin
Fluid leaking from a nipple
Changes in the position of a nipple
The symptoms of cervical cancer to look out for
Pain and discomfort during sex
Abnormal vaginal bleeding during or after sex, between periods or after you have been through the menopause
Unusual vaginal discharge
Pain in the lower back or pelvis