It’s been reported today that former Dancing on Ice star and Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett is recovering following emergency surgery after she was shockingly diagnosed as having cancer.
The brave star, who’s just 31 years old, learned that she had skin cancer just before Christmas, and medics informed her that had the cancer gone undiagnosed for even a matter of a few more days, she may have been forced to have a mastectomy.
Speaking to The Sun, Roxanne explained, “They were just hoping they had caught it in time.
“If they hadn’t and the cancer had spread then I would have needed further surgery and chemotherapy immediately.”
“I refused to break down because there are people who are worse off than me and it would have been an insult to them.”
Of the at first seemingly innocuous discovery of a “small discoloured mark” near her left nipple, Roxanne said, “I thought it was a smudge.
“It started off smaller than the size of a pea but quickly grew.”
However, when she told her GP about it during a routine health check, she was immediately sent for further tests and the diagnosis was made within days.
Roxanne revealed she then saw an oncologist, adding, “He wanted to operate immediately.
“I just looked at my mum in shock at the urgency of his reaction.
“I was told that it was a suspicious-looking skin type and had all the signs of melanoma, which is skin cancer.
“Because it was on my chest the doctor feared it was very dangerous.
“As it was in such a sensitive area they needed to remove it immediately.
“The fact it came out of nowhere, the rapid change in size, the darkness, and the cells that looked suspicious, all of that combined didn’t give him much hope.”
Of the operation that was hastily arranged, Roxanne said, “They had to remove triple the amount of area that it took up.
“They also had to dig down because it could have spread to my lymph nodes.
“I woke up feeling like a forklift truck had dropped a ton of bricks on my chest. It hurt to hug anybody.”
She added, “My scar is just above the nipple by the bra line but I’m going to make a point about not having reconstructive surgery — especially considering the job I do.
“I thought being operated on and having a scar on your breast would mean you lose your femininity — but you don’t.
“You feel more feminine — because you feel more powerful as your body has won. Surviving and overcoming something is sexy.”
Brave Roxanne concluded, “I am not going to let a one-inch scar affect my confidence.
“I hope the next guy I meet will be so amazing he won’t care. I’ll try to distract him with some lush lingerie instead.”
Here’s hoping that the cancer is well and truly gone and that Roxanne has a full and speedy recovery. What a brave young lady.
Here’s a reminder of her on DOI…