Kelly Hoppen talks candidly about her fear of getting tested for breast cancer before diagnosis
Appearing on This Morning, Kelly Hoppen said "despite being a sensible woman" she had "the fear of god in me" about going and getting tested.
Now that she is all clear, she has shared the story of her diagnosis to help encourage other women to go to their mammograms.
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- Thank you, because this is a really important conversation to be had and actually a bit of a cautionary tale, isn't it? Because-- well, you explain. Will you explain what happened?
KELLY HOPPEN: So, I mean, I decided to write this story in my own words today and to come on here because I'm a really sensible woman, but I literally had the fear of God in going and getting tested, for more than eight years, actually. And I just kept putting it off and putting it off.
And then suddenly-- don't know what it was-- I just decided. I was going to go. I had no symptoms. And it was just a roller coaster of eight weeks of being told it was fine, going back, no, it's not, then having endless biopsies.
But I was lucky that it was something called DCIS in a milk duct. So they removed that, but then I had to have an operation to remove all the tissue around it to make sure it hadn't spread. I was lucky. But through the process, I kept thinking, I can't be the only person that feels this way.