Kerry Katona emotionally discussed her secret cancer scare during a live TV appearence.
The former Atomic Kitten singer appeared on Channel 4 show Steph’s Packed Lunch on Thursday where she detailed the terrifying moment she discovered a lump in her armpit.
Luckily, Kerry was told it wasn’t cancerous but wanted to share her story as a warning to others to get checked out if they too find anything untoward.
“It was really really scary,” the 40-year-old told show host Steph McGovern.
“I did a photoshoot for my clothing range and there was a picture of my arm up. You can see the lump on my armpit. Someone put a comment to get it checked.”
While she ignored it at first, it was when she felt it for herself that she knew something needed to be done.
“I was in the shower and I shaved that armpit and I thought, ‘yeah it is a bit of a big lump,’ and then when I’ve gone to shave the other armpit I was like the difference in the lump that was here to this armpit.
“The last six weeks my right breast had swollen out times five times bigger than my left.
“I had surgery about a year and a half before on my breasts. Everything was all fine and then six weeks prior to the lump, I kept getting a really achy feeling in my breast. It was so painful.
“I thought something’s not right, the surgery has gone wrong. And then when I found the lump I did the worst thing you could possibly do, I went on Google.”
Kerry went on to explain how she feared she would be told she’d have months to live.
“The difference in the breast was so dramatic that I’ve come out of the shower to my fiance and I’m immediately crying,” the mum-of-five said.
“I thought I’d gone through addiction, I’ve gone through bankruptcy, I’ve gone through mental health and I can control all of those, that’s in my power.
“And then I thought that’s it, I’m going to go to the doctors and they’re going to tell me… it really upsets me… you’ve got three, six months left.”
An emotional Kerry continued: “This was after Sarah Harding got diagnosed. That made me feel we’re not invincible, whether you’re on the TV, whether you’re a judge or lawyer or TV presenter.
“It doesn’t matter who you are. You’re not invincible to whether it’s Covid or cancer.
“It was so overwhelming that I thought, ‘god, this is it.'”
Kerry said that a mammogram and an MRI showed that the lump was not cancerous but damage relating to a previous surgery she’d undergone on her breasts.
“Luckily it turned out to be my lymph node, that had been damaged in the surgery,” she explained.
“I’ve still not had it fixed, this breast is still a lot bigger. To get it fixed I’ll lose a third of my breast, but I’ve just left it for now.”