Love Island's Demi Jones has been diagnosed with cancer

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Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images

Former Love Island star Demi Jones has shared some sad personal news with her fans on social media - after having a potentially cancerous tumour removed from her neck and tested, she has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

Demi posted the news on her Instagram Stories alongside a leaflet from Macmillan, a cancer support charity, and said, "Hi guys, I got my results today and unfortunately I have thyroid cancer. The tumour has been removed but I'm now due to have more surgery to remove the rest of my thyroid."

She continued on to say that she is remaining upbeat and strong, while urging others to check themselves for any lumps that seem out of place. "I'm staying very positive and I'm a strong girl so I'll be fine, thank you for your love and support always - I'll bounce back stronger."

The NHS website says that thyroid cancer is a rare type of cancer affecting the thyroid gland, which is a small gland at the base of the neck responsible for producing hormones. "It's most common in people in their 30s and those over the age of 60," it adds. "Women are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop it than men."

Photo credit: Demi Jones - Instagram
Photo credit: Demi Jones - Instagram

It continues on to say that thyroid cancer is usually treatable and "in many cases can be cured completely, although it can sometimes come back after treatment".

After having her surgery, Demi also posted a message of thanks and gratitude to the medical staff who had cared for her during her hospital stay. "The lump on my thyroid was as big as a golf ball," she again said on Instagram Stories. "The NHS staff at the QA Portsmouth have been unbelievable. And thank you for all your messages they have made me tearful."

Although it must be an incredibly difficult thing for Demi to talk about, many are praising her for speaking out and raising awareness around thyroid cancer. Symptoms of which can include:

  • A lump or swelling in the front of the neck, often painless

  • Swollen glands in the neck

  • Unexplained hoarseness that does not improve after a few weeks

  • A sore throat (that again, doesn't improve after a few weeks)

  • Trouble swallowing

We're sending all our love to Demi during this tough time.

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