‘It’s potentially saved my life’: Amanda Holden documents her ‘nerve-racking’ mammogram for Breast Cancer Awareness Month as she urges fans to get checked ‘for their own good’
Amanda Holden has taken to Instagram to share her experience getting a mammogram for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The presenter, 49, urged fans to get their breasts checked ‘for their own safety’, as she posted a video of her trip to the hospital for the check-up.
Following her mammogram, Amanda reassured fans that despite being ‘uncomfortable and tight’ for a few short moments, she’s happy to undergo the process as it could ‘save her life.’
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Important: Amanda Holden, 49, has taken to Instagram to share her experience getting a mammogram for Breast Cancer Awareness month
Captioning the video, Amanda wrote: ‘My boobs always seem to be in the headlines for silly reasons so I hope that changes today as I document my own mammogram with to highlight that 1 in 8 of us women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during our lifetime.
‘Worryingly 50% of us fail to notice or know the early signs of the disease. Regular mammograms, in addition to our own personal checks, offer the best results for early detection as they can highlight problems up to three years before anything can be felt through our own examination.
‘We’re all different shapes and sizes and experience things differently but for me the check-up was quick and easy and potentially saved my life.’
Safety first: The presenter urged fans to get their breasts checked ‘for their own safety’, as she posted a video of her trip to the hospital for the check-up
Protection: Following her mammogram, Amanda reassured fans that despite being ‘uncomfortable and tight’ for a few short moments, she’s happy to undergo the process
A mammogram is an X-ray test that can detect signs of cancer that are too small to see or feel.
The checks prove life-saving as it can detect cancer in its infancy, making it easier to treat.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR BREAST CANCER SCREENING AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
What is breast cancer screening?
Screening is a procedure which allows doctors to catch breast cancer while it is still in its infancy and therefore easier to treat.
It involves an X-ray test – known as a mammogram – to check for signs of cancer which are too small to see or feel.
The results of the mammogram will be sent to the women and her GP within two weeks. Around 5 per cent will be called back for further tests.
Who is eligible?
Any woman concerned that they might have breast cancer can see their GP and be referred for a screening.
But in recognition that the risk of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women aged between 50 and 70 who are registered with a GP should automatically be invited for screening every three years.
Women are first invited for screening between their 50th and 53rd birthday, although in some areas they are invited from age 47 as part of a trial.
How are they invited?
The screening process is overseen by Public Health England, which uses an IT system to send out invitations.
While all women aged 50 to 70 are registered for a screening every three years, anyone with concerns can be referred for one by their GP.
Amanda documented her experience with Heart Radio, and ahead of the check-up admitted she still suffers from nerves as the vast machinery can prove intimidating upon first glance.
She said: ‘I always feel really nervous, before I go in, I think it’s a really human thing to feel. I’m going to take you right the way through the whole thing.
‘And I’m going to talk about it all the way through, and hopefully it will inspire you to go do the same thing.’
‘I think the thing to say here is to try not be intimidated, because this is a big machine, it’s a little bit buzzy, and you know stripping off and having to do something in front of a complete stranger can be a bit nerve-racking.
‘But in the end it’s for your own safety and your own good. So all I can say is, just do it, do it for your family, do it for yourself.’
The video then showed Amanda having her breasts checked by the machine, with the nurse warning it could feel ‘tight’ as the machine grips her chest.
Narrating the experience Amanda added: ‘It does feel tight but it doesn’t actually feel to uncomfortable. And that was really quick, pretty painless.’
Following the mammogram, Amanda reassured fans that’s it worth a few seconds of discomfort to have the check, as it could prove to be life-saving.
She said: ‘So I’ve just had it done, everyone’s boobs are different.
‘So for me it didn’t feel to painful, it definitely felt very tight and it did feel a bit uncomfortable but I think for the seconds that it lasted it was totally worth doing.
‘So if you haven’t ever done it before I promise you, it’s over really quickly.’
It comes after Amanda hit back at viewers who complained about her risqué gown choices for the Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals in recent weeks.
Discussing the backlash to her recent outfits and Ofcom complaints in a new exclusive interview with MailOnline, Amanda laughed off the drama and joked her breasts need their ‘own representation.’
She said: ‘I am seriously thinking my girls need separate representation to me, because they are known on their own. They don’t need me, they’re going to go off and do Piers Morgan’s Life Stories on their own next year!’