Sarah Beeny has revealed she assumed she’d be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40, after her mum died of the disease at the age of 39.
The presenter revealed her diagnosis in August, and has since been sharing updates about her treatment and vowing to challenge stereotypes.
But she was always very conscious of the disease, even from a young age, due to her mum’s death.
‘I’m 50 now, my mum died when I was 10. I just kind of always assume I would get breast cancer,’ she explained on Loose Women.
‘Probably anyone else who’s lost a mum would feel this – she died at 39 so when I got to 39, I was like, “This is it, this is the moment.” And then I got to 40, like, “Oh no, that wasn’t it.”‘
Sarah added: ’40 was a bit of a bumpy moment because I wasn’t sure what you do when you’re 40 if you’re not dead. It’s kind of weird.
‘And then life went on and I hit 50 and then I was diagnosed, and I thought, “There it is, it was just waiting.”‘
She said she was receiving regular mammograms and checks, even from when she was in her 20s.
When she received a mammogram at the age of 50, she had found a lump, but was told it was fine. She noticed it was still there months later, and finally got her diagnosis.
Sarah urged viewers: ‘Trust your own body and if you do have a lump…if it doesn’t feel right do go back for another opinion.’
Mum-of-four Sarah has shared updates about her treatment and her hair loss amid chemotherapy as she debuted a brand-new look.
In a recent interview, Sarah opened up further about having a cropped ‘do and said she wanted to challenge misconceptions about people with no hair.
The Help! My House Is Falling Down presenter, who revealed she used dog clippers to trim her barnet, said bald people are often seen as ‘victims’, ‘angry’ or suffering some form of ‘punishment’.
She continued to the Daily Mail: ‘You’re a victim or it’s a punishment, like Fantine in Les Misérables, or Cersei Lannister in Game Of Thrones. People are ashamed of their bald heads.
‘The more I talk to people in this boat, the word I keep hearing is “shame” and I thought: Why?
‘If you’ve got breast cancer and you’re having treatment, the fact you have no hair is not a reason to be ashamed.
‘I don’t want to be ashamed. I don’t want other people to feel ashamed. I want to change that stereotype.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV.