Coleen Nolan has announced that she is considering a double mastectomy after her sisters Linda and Anne were diagnosed with cancer just days apart.
The 55-year-old Loose Women star was devastated after Anne Nolan, 69, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer earlier this year. Linda, 61, discovered a few days later that she had incurable liver cancer.
And now, in an open new interview, Coleen admitted that she was thinking about the procedure to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer in the future.
Preventive: Coleen Nolan is reportedly considering a double mastectomy after her sisters Linda and Anne were diagnosed with cancer a few days apart
Speaking of her fear of developing the disease, she told The Mirror: "The guilt is incredible, I don't feel guilty because I don't have the disease. I feel guilty because I am afraid of it when I look at Anne and Linda think who live with it. But of course it's hard not to be consumed by fear when those who are so close to you are affected. "
When asked if she would consider removing her own breasts as a preventive measure, she replied, “Of course. Seeing what Anne and Linda are going through made me think a lot about a mastectomy.
"I was lying in bed at night, looking at my breasts and thinking," Am I just walking around with two time bombs? "If that's a possibility, I may have to get rid of it."
Shock: The 55-year-old Loose Women star was devastated after Anne Nolan, 69, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer earlier this year. Linda, 61, discovered a few days later that she had incurable liver cancer
In the meantime, the singer shared how shocked she was at the tragic news from her sisters that she couldn't even cry.
She went on to describe the "incredible anger" she felt and how she thought cancer might "run away."
The TV personality added that after learning the news, she felt "completely helpless" as the coronavirus lockdown meant they were kept separate.
Amid the devastation in her family, Coleen also shared that her children were "absolutely scared" that she would develop the disease too.
The star shares sons Shane Jnr, 31, and Jake, 27, with ex-Shane Richie, while she has Ciara, 19, from her marriage to Ray Fensome.
Battle: Anne, 69, has stage three breast cancer. She found the lump that led to her diagnosis in April, exactly 20 years after she was first discovered to have the disease in 2000
She said they asked her to investigate the operation just in case.
After her sisters' cancer discovery, Coleen's management went to her Twitter account and said, “You've hit it before – you can hit it again
"Please keep it in your mind and wish X."
Anne found out that shortly after the couple returned from a series of The Nolans Go Cruising with sisters Coleen and Maureen in March, she had stage three breast cancer.
Tough: I feel guilty because I fear it when I think of Anne and Linda living with it. But of course, it's hard not to be consumed with fear when those who are so close to you are affected. "
She discovered the lump that led to her diagnosis exactly 20 years after she was first diagnosed with the disease in 2000.
Her sister Linda, 61, found out days later that she had incurable liver cancer.
The pop star also previously battled cancer after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, cellulitis and lymphedema in her arm in 2007, and secondary cancer in her pelvis in 2017.
Act? "I was lying in bed at night, looking at my breasts and thinking," Am I just walking around with two time bombs? "If that's a possibility, I may have to get rid of it."
In her first television interview since her diagnosis was published, Linda admitted that losing her hair after undergoing lockdown chemotherapy was “traumatic” and described the health struggle as “a double nightmare” that she experienced during the Had to suffer lockdowns.
The sisters have now both lost their hair after chemotherapy.
But both Anne and Linda are determined to conquer the disease that killed their sister Bernie in 2013.
Optimistic: After her sisters revealed their illnesses, Coleen's management said on her Twitter account, "You've hit it before – you can hit it again."
The mother of two, Anne, told the sun, “I don't want to die. I love my life so much. I love my daughters, my grandchildren, my friends, my whole family. I want to live as long as I can. & # 39;
Linda said she thought her scans would "be fine as they normally are" before her oncologist's office called her and said she needed an MRI scan when they found something on her liver.
This was only half an hour after her sister Maureen called her to deliver the news that Anne's breast cancer had returned.
"I couldn't tell anyone at the time because they were obviously devastated by Anne," she said. & # 39; I thought & # 39;, I can't turn around and say, & # 39; actually I've got it back too & # 39 ;. & # 39; & # 39;
Conclusion: The sisters, who were part of Irish pop group The Nolans, did a round of chemotherapy together at Victoria Hospital in Blackpool last month after receiving the devastating diagnoses. Pictured: Denise, Linda, Anne, Colleen, Bernadette and Maureen Nolan
Trauma: Linda said it was "traumatic" to lose her hair after chemotherapy in lockdown and described the struggle for health as "a double nightmare" to suffer during lockdown
After the sisters received their devastating diagnoses, Maureen moved in with Anne and Linda moved in with her sister Denise's home.
The sisters had their first chemotherapy session together on June 5 and will both complete a total of six rounds of treatment.
Anne, who was in the hospital for 11 days during her treatment, will then either have a mastectomy or a lumpectomy, most likely followed by radiation therapy.
Linda remembered the moment they were diagnosed: "We laughed and really cried. It's hysterical."
"Forget the Chemical Brothers, we've become the Chemo Sisters," she added.
Exciting: The devastating news comes seven years after Linda and Anne lost their sister Bernie (picture 2012 from right) to cancer in 2013
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