TV presenter Julia Bradbury took to Instagram on Tuesday (24 June) to share a very important message with her followers. She opened up about her experience of getting a mammogram for the first time, and how important it is not to delay getting checked during the current coronavirus crisis.
Writing in the caption, she said: "Four weeks ago I ended up in hospital getting scanned for breast cancer, in the middle of lockdown. I don't really believe in over-sharing on social media, but this is important: If you think you may have something wrong, don't put if off. Contact your GP."
The former Countryfile star went on to say how important it is not to cause a backlog in cases by waiting until the pandemic is over, and that there's no need to be afraid to visit because of Covid-19.
"Help the NHS so they don't get overwhelmed with a backlog of cases. Men too! Hospitals have excellent COVID-19 protocols in place," she explained.
Thanking her friends, followers and fans who had sent their best wishes, she gave them the good news that her mammogram hadn't resulted in a breast cancer diagnosis.
"I'm OK, thanks for all the messages... Diagnosed with Microcysts... Very slim chance of developing into cancer," she wrote.
The former Watchdog host posted again later in the day, reiterating her message and highlighting the benefits of early diagnoses, for individuals and for the system.
"I wanted to remind people to persist with their GP if they think there is anything wrong and get yourself checked out. The NHS is already going to have to deal with a backlog of treatments but the sooner some issues are diagnosed the better and the faster the treatment, plus the higher the chances of recovery. So overall less strain on the system. Men and women! Get checked," she said.
Visit Cancer Research UK to find more information on checking yourself for breast cancer.
The NHS asks that you do not delay getting urgent healthcare. GP Practices and hospitals are still operating for non-Covid-19 medical concerns, with phone and video appointments where possible, and infection control measures in place to keep patients and staff safe.
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