Elizabeth Hurley urges women to check their breasts as she reveals her grandma kept cancer a secret
She regularly reminds her Instagram followers to look out for unusual lumps and bumps on their bodies.
And on Tuesday, Elizabeth Hurley urged women to check their breasts as she revealed that her late grandma kept a lump she discovered a secret for a year, and eventually died from breast cancer.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain, the actress, 56, admitted it’s often the fear of a diagnosis which puts people off going to a doctor once they find something that doesn’t feel right, but impressed the importance of early diagnosis.
Please ladies! Elizabeth Hurley, 56, has urged women to check their breasts while appearing on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain
Regret: Elizabeth previously became tearful as she revealed her ‘enormous sadness’ over her grandmother’s (pictured) battle, admitting her family ‘weren’t there for her in a way they should have been’
Elizabeth explained: ‘My grandmother was diagnosed [with breast cancer], she didn’t talk about it. She’d found her own lump she didn’t tell anyone for more than a year.
‘She was scared, she was embarrassed and she didn’t know anything about it.’
After finally going to a doctor, her grandmother received a breast cancer diagnosis, but Elizabeth revealed: ‘It was “don’t talk to grandma about it”. No one sat with her with her chemotherapy.’
‘Times have changed but they still need to change,’ insisted the actress.
Devastating: She revealed that her late grandma kept a lump she discovered a secret for a year, and eventually died from breast cancer
Sweet: Elizabeth has previously shared images of her grandmother (third, left)
Candid: Elizabeth admitted it’s often the fear of a diagnosis which puts people off going to a doctor, but impressed the importance of early diagnosis
Elizabeth also revealed how after she’d shared a self-check post via Instagram, two of her friends checked and found lumps.
They were subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer but are now fine because they found the cancer early.
‘Please ladies, start to check!’ urged Elizabeth.
Elsewhere, the actress explained how, although times have changed, some people are still hesitant to go to a doctor due to fear of a diagnosis.
Changes: ‘Breast cancer used to be something only whispered about. Back in the dark ages of breast cancer when people were so terrified of it, it sounded like a death sentence’ she said
Regular reminders: The actress also revealed how after she’d shared a self-check post via Instagram, two of her friends checked and found lumps
Gorgeous: Elizabeth looked stunning for her GMB appearance, dressed in sleek black trousers and a fuchsia blouse
Raising awareness: The actress is in London fronting a breast cancer awareness campaign
She said: ‘I think a lot of us want to put our heads in the sand about health issues, because it’s frightening to know.