canada africa partner reservation BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas is supported by Amy Dowden as she shares worrying health news

BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas is supported by Amy Dowden as she shares worrying health news


Shirley Ballas was supported by Amy Dowden as she shared worrying health news with fans. The Strictly Come Dancing judge shared a photo of herself on social media after undergoing a biopsy following a routine mammogram.

As fans will know, Amy was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in May last year after finding a lump in her breast in April, the day before she honeymooned in the Maldives with her husband, fellow professional dancer Ben Jones.

Amy announced the news after undergoing a mastectomy and later bravely documented undergoing chemotherapy treatment. But the course of treatment has not been without setbacks, as the dancer recently told how she was told she had come close to organ failure after developing an infection following her first round of chemotherapy.

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While she was given the positive news that there was no evidence of disease, Amy will not be given the “completely clear” certificate for another five years due to her type of cancer. Since then, she has been passionate about raising breast cancer awareness and encouraging her fans and followers to check their breasts.

So Shirley’s post on Wednesday evening (April 24) must have struck a chord. Taking to her Instagram Story, the 63-year-old shared a photo that appeared to show a bandage on her chest.

She explained: “I urge all women not to miss your mammogram. I went for mine. I ended up going for a second and a biopsy. Local anesthetic biopsy done. Now waiting for the results…”

At that point she picked up Amy and added: “@Amy_Dowden you were going through my mind how important it is not to put it off. Get tested, and check your boobs regularly xx.” Amy then replied: “Always here for you! Important message here everyone from @shirleyballas.”

Amy recently reflected on the past 12 months when she told BBC Breakfast: “I can’t believe it’s been a year since I found the lump. But I’m just so grateful this year for the treatment I’ve had, the NHS, and all the charities, everyone who has helped me to be here today.”

She added: “I was in the oncology unit yesterday and got my monthly injection, which I will need for five years. But I’m so grateful that I get another chance at life. But never in a million years did I think, at the age of 32, that I would be diagnosed with breast cancer. I was living my life to the fullest on Strictly Come Dancing, I had just gotten married, but cancer doesn’t discriminate.

Amy is now supporting The Big Help Out, a campaign to show how volunteering benefits both communities and the people who take part, and she said: “Sadly, one in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime, but charities such as Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Young Lives versus Cancer, Breast Cancer Now they wouldn’t exist without volunteers.

“And volunteers are the backbone, the heartbeat of all these charities that help fund research, the reason I’m still alive, to help not only those going through this but their families. But being a volunteer also gives you so much pride, it helps your mental health, there are so many benefits.”