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Deidre Sanders reveals her breast cancer diagnosis

As our beloved agony aunt, she's helped countless callers through the darkest moments of their lives, but for the past few months, Deidre has been going through a secret battle of her own after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Joined alongside Dr Nighat, Deidre spoke to Phillip and Holly to share her story and urge women to go for regular screenings.

After noticing an ache in her back in June, which was spreading into her right breast, 77-year-old Deidre initially hoped it was aches and pains related to getting older.

A month later, Deidre decided to seek medical advice and after speaking with an advanced nurse practitioner, was put on the NHS 'two-week cancer pathway' programme - an appointment system set up so that anyone with symptoms can be seen by a specialist as quickly as possible.

After undertaking a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy in August, Deidre was diagnosed with high-grade ductal carcinoma in situ, which is a cluster of malignant cells in a duct in her right breast.

Dr Nighat said: "Ductal carcinoma situ is an early form of breast cancer, and cancer cells are basically cells that are overgrowing or they are growing erratically. The breast is made up of lobules, and they are basically the milk glands, and then they have ducts as well, they are the tubes that take the milk to the nipple. What Deidre has is basically a carcinoma in situ - that means it's in place in one of those ducts, and then it is graded into different stages".

Speaking about her reasoning for sharing her story, Deidre said: "I think people panic at the word cancer often, and they can be scared of even going to a doctor with their initial worry because they're terrified of getting a diagnosis, even though getting the diagnosis is what leads to treatment. We can be so scared about that word so I am really happy to bring it out into the open".

She added: "I have to say the breast clinic I have been attending are so kind and caring, they have been so lovely. That is very reassuring".

Find out more information from the NHS on how to check your breasts.

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