Ten years ago, Michelle Heaton was faced with a really tough decision.
After finding out she carries the faulty BRCA2 gene and had an 85% chance of developing breast cancer in her thirties, Liberty X star Michelle – now 42 – decided to undergo a preventative mastectomy and reconstruction surgery.
In 2015, the star also underwent a full hysterectomy to eradicate the chance of her developing ovarian cancer.
Now, ten years on, Michelle has opened up about needing a second breast reconstruction surgery after her implants began to leak – this week showing off the results of her operation in new! magazine.
As she chatted through her worries and fears about surgery – including whether she could get addicted to pain killers in the weeks that followed – Michelle also opened up about how she felt about her decision to undergo surgery.
The mum of two – who also shares son AJ with husband Hugh Hanley – said she worries that her daughter Faith, currently ten, could face the same tough decisions in the future.
She explained: "I have the gene [BRCA2], which won’t go away. I look at Faith and see she’ll have to decide, when she’s at the age, whether to get tested.
"It’s a gut-wrenching feeling as a mum, thinking you may have passed it on. My dad passed it on to me and no one is to blame, it is what it is."
Michelle carried on to say she is hopeful that science will develop further before her daughter has to face any choices.
She explained: "Science has transformed over the past 10 years in particular. I hope she won’t have to have the operation. If I wanted her to, she could get tested now. I don’t, because I want it to be her choice."
Michelle opened up about her decision to have a second round of surgery on her breasts last month, saying it was prompted after comments were made about her boobs on a video from a behind the scenes shoot with OK! in December.
“Quite a few people pointed it out and there was one that really did make me pay attention,” Michelle explained. “It said something like, ‘Look at her. If I were her I’d be more worried about her breast looking like it’s exploded.’ It’s a difficult one as I always like to say I don’t read nasty comments. But for me, that wasn’t nasty, it was a saviour.”
Read Michelle Heaton's full interview – and see all the pictures from her new! shoot – here.
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