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    Lucy Spraggan debuts pink hair and checks her chest for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Lucy Spraggan showcases her toned abs in a bra as she debuts her new pink hair and checks her chest in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Lucy Spraggan checked her chest in a bold Instagram post to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday evening.

    The former X Factor star, 29, who recently dropped three dress sizes, stripped down to a black lace bra and showcased her new hairdo, which she dyed pink to keep in theme with the BCAM ribbon symbol.

    The international campaign takes place every October to help improve awareness and raise funds for research into the disease. 

    Powerful: Lucy Spraggan checked her chest in a bold Instagram post to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday evening

    Flaunting her toned and heavily-tattooed figure, the singer stunned in her lingerie, which she teamed with a plain black watch and dainty hooped earrings.

    The Last Night hitmaker, who had previously transformed her signature dark locks into a sandy blonde shade, framed her face with her curly candyfloss-inspired tresses and opted for a smoky eye make-up look.

    She captioned her post: ‘*IMPORTANT* 1. Check your t*ts. Ok, carry on!! #breastcancerawarenessmonth.’ (sic)

    Important message: The X Factor star, 29, stripped down to a black lace bra and showcased her new hairdo, which she dyed pink to keep in theme with the BCAM ribbon symbol

    Important message: The X Factor star, 29, stripped down to a black lace bra and showcased her new hairdo, which she dyed pink to keep in theme with the BCAM ribbon symbol

    What a change: The Last Night hitmaker had previously transformed her signature dark locks into a sandy blonde shade

    Fresh look: Lucy framed her face with her curly candyfloss-inspired tresses

    What a change: The Last Night hitmaker, who had previously transformed her signature dark locks into a sandy blonde shade (L), framed her face with her curly candyfloss-inspired tresses

    Weight loss: The belter, who recently dropped three dress sizes, previously shared progress images with her personal trainer

    Weight loss: The belter, who recently dropped three dress sizes, previously shared progress images with her personal trainer

    Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and affects more than two MILLION women a year

    Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Each year in the UK there are more than 55,000 new cases, and the disease claims the lives of 11,500 women. In the US, it strikes 266,000 each year and kills 40,000. But what causes it and how can it be treated?

    What is breast cancer?

    Breast cancer develops from a cancerous cell which develops in the lining of a duct or lobule in one of the breasts.

    When the breast cancer has spread into surrounding breast tissue it is called an ‘invasive’ breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with ‘carcinoma in situ’, where no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.

    Most cases develop in women over the age of 50 but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men though this is rare.

    Staging means how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Stage 1 is the earliest stage and stage 4 means the cancer has spread to another part of the body.

    The cancerous cells are graded from low, which means a slow growth, to high, which is fast growing. High grade cancers are more likely to come back after they have first been treated.

    What causes breast cancer?

    A cancerous tumour starts from one abnormal cell. The exact reason why a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. It is thought that something damages or alters certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiply ‘out of control’.

    Although breast cancer can develop for no apparent reason, there are some risk factors that can increase the chance of developing breast cancer, such as genetics.

    What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

    The usual first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps are not cancerous and are fluid filled cysts, which are benign. 

    The first place that breast cancer usually spreads to is the lymph nodes in the armpit. If this occurs you will develop a swelling or lump in an armpit.

    How is breast cancer diagnosed?

    • Initial assessment: A doctor examines the breasts and armpits. They may do tests such as a mammography, a special x-ray of the breast tissue which can indicate the possibility of tumours.
    • Biopsy: A biopsy is when a small sample of tissue is removed from a part of the body. The sample is then examined under the microscope to look for abnormal cells. The sample can confirm or rule out cancer.

    If you are confirmed to have breast cancer, further tests may be needed to assess if it has spread. For example, blood tests, an ultrasound scan of the liver or a chest x-ray.

    How is breast cancer treated?

    Treatment options which may be considered include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone treatment. Often a combination of two or more of these treatments are used.

    • Surgery: Breast-conserving surgery or the removal of the affected breast depending on the size of the tumour.
    • Radiotherapy: A treatment which uses high energy beams of radiation focussed on cancerous tissue. This kills cancer cells, or stops cancer cells from multiplying. It is mainly used in addition to surgery.
    • Chemotherapy: A treatment of cancer by using anti-cancer drugs which kill cancer cells, or stop them from multiplying
    • Hormone treatments: Some types of breast cancer are affected by the ‘female’ hormone oestrogen, which can stimulate the cancer cells to divide and multiply. Treatments which reduce the level of these hormones, or prevent them from working, are commonly used in people with breast cancer.

    How successful is treatment?

    The outlook is best in those who are diagnosed when the cancer is still small, and has not spread. Surgical removal of a tumour in an early stage may then give a good chance of cure.

    The routine mammography offered to women between the ages of 50 and 70 mean more breast cancers are being diagnosed and treated at an early stage.

    For more information visit breastcancercare.org.uk, breastcancernow.org or www.cancerhelp.org.uk

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    Earlier this week, Lucy told how her previous dependence on alcohol ‘closed so many doors’ in her life and she feels lucky to have ‘escaped’ what she put herself through.

    The musician who gave up alcohol last year, penned a passionate post about her relationship with drinking as she discussed her new single Sober. 

    She shared a still from the song’s music video where she appeared teary eyed while looking into the camera. 

    Honest: Earlier this week, Lucy told how her previous dependence on alcohol 'closed so many doors' in her life and she feels lucky to have 'escaped' what she put herself through

    Honest: Earlier this week, Lucy told how her previous dependence on alcohol ‘closed so many doors’ in her life and she feels lucky to have ‘escaped’ what she put herself through

    Former couple: Last year was a tough one for Lucy, who announced she had split from her wife Georgina Gordon after three years of marriage (pictured in 2018)

    Former couple: Last year was a tough one for Lucy, who announced she had split from her wife Georgina Gordon after three years of marriage (pictured in 2018)

    Last year was a tough one for Lucy, who announced she had split from her wife Georgina Gordon after three years of marriage.  

    But just last month, the media personality revealed she is now dating a ‘hot gal’ during an interview on FUBAR Radio

    The musician said: ‘I’ve been seeing her for a bit. I’ve been very open about my life, like a lot about my life my whole life, and this time I’m a bit like, do you know what, I’m going to keep some stuff for myself.’

    For anonymous help with alcohol addiction, call Alcoholics Anonymous free on on 0800 9177 650 or email [email protected] 

    Feeling good: But just last month, the media personality revealed she is now dating a 'hot gal' during an interview

    Feeling good: But just last month, the media personality revealed she is now dating a ‘hot gal’ during an interview

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