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Gemma Collins is taking no chances with her health after her mum Joan Collins was diagnosed with breast cancer (Picture: S Meddle/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Gemma Collins is having a potentially life-saving gene test after her mum was diagnosed with breast cancer which was caught ‘in the nick of time’.
The reality icon, 42, has revealed her mum found a cancerous lump between her breast and armpit.
Joan Collins, 67, chose not to tell Gemma about the devastating diagnosis until she got the all-clear, but the shock of finding out about her mum’s ordeal has spurred the Only Way Is Essex star to take action to protect herself.
The Diva Forever personality has already lost another family member to the disease, so she’s taking no chances on her own health.
Describing the moment her mum opened up about her breast cancer, Gemma told The Sun: ‘It was over the phone. I was in the back of a taxi in London and I was like, “Are you all right, mum? Where are you?” – as we say every day, ten times a day.
‘She said, “Ah I didn’t want to tell you, but I’ve had a lump in my breast.” I was like, “What?”, and she said, “But it’s fine I’ve got the all-clear”. I was like, “Oh, my God. Why didn’t you tell me?”Gemma is getting a potentially life-saving cancer gene test (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Sephora UK)
At the time Gemma was filming Diva Forever so her mum chose not to tell her about the diagnosis for fear she would fall apart at the news.
‘Thank God she got it checked and thank God they caught it in the nick of time,’ the star concluded, before adding she’d ‘love’ to get a BRCA test for ‘peace of mind’.
The BRCA gene test screens DNA to assess the risk of getting breast cancer in the future.
If the BRCA1 of BRCA2 gene mutation is found in a patient, on average they have up to a 70% chance of developing breast cancer before the age of 80.https://www.instagram.com/p/Cp_Ow8yK78C/?hl=en
Gemma urged other women to check themselves for lumps, and to seek help via the NHS if they have any worries.
The star also revealed raising awareness is the reason she decided to star in Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer as she cited it ‘the right time’ to open up about her mum’s diagnosis.
She also quipped in an exclusive interview with Metro.co.uk that seeing Paul Hollywood in the flesh was another reason for her appearance on the show.
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‘He is gorgeous,’ she said, ahead of the show airing tonight on Channel 4.
‘I can confirm to every woman on the planet that he is unbelievable in the flesh.’
The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer is on Sunday at 7.40pm on Channel 4.
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