Strictly Come Dancing's Amy Dowden had two tumours removed in surgery

The Strictly Come Dancing professional found out in May that she had stage-three cancer.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Amy Dowden reveals two tumours were removed in breast cancer surgery PA Media

Amy Dowden has revealed two tumours were removed during her breast cancer surgery.

The Strictly Come Dancing professional found out in May that she had stage-three cancer, and announced earlier this month that she had undergone a mastectomy.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the 32-year-old said: “The cancer is in the lab now, which is the most important thing.

“The hardest time was waiting for surgery, thinking: ‘I have cancer inside me’.

“You’re thinking ‘It’s grade three, what if it’s spreading, what if it spreads tonight?’

“The feeling of it made me feel disgusted, disgusting. That’s the time I was randomly crying, emotional… but we drove away and I thought: ‘It’s gone’.”

The Welsh ballroom and Latin American dancer, who joined the BBC celebrity competition show in 2017, also said her doctors have reconstructed her breast during a three-hour surgery after her mastectomy.

She added: “Every day has got better in terms of soreness.

“I think how quickly I have felt myself again has made me feel more positive.”

Dowden previously said she found a lump in her breast in April, the day before going to the Maldives on her honeymoon with fellow professional dancer Ben Jones, and hopes to raise awareness of the disease.

She said after realising the lump had grown after her holiday, she went to the GP before being sent for an emergency referral.

Dowden married Jones in a star-studded Welsh ceremony last July after becoming engaged on New Year’s Eve in 2017.

She has also been vocal in raising awareness about Crohn’s disease, which the dancer revealed she was suffering from in 2019.

Dowden said: “With what I’ve done for Crohn’s, I want to do the same here. If I can try and turn this negative into a positive, it’s going to help me get through this.

“You just don’t ever think it’s going to happen to you. I hadn’t thought it was possible to get breast cancer at my age.

“My mum has had breast cancer, but she had it at a later age, in her 50s.”

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