Strictly Come Dancing professional Amy Dowden has announced she's been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The 32-year-old dancer shared the news with her Instagram followers as she wrote: "Hey all, I've got some news which isn't easy to share.
"I've recently been diagnosed with breast cancer but I'm determined to get back on that dance floor before you know it. Welsh love Amy x."
Her Strictly co-stars immediately showered her with love and support with Dianne Buswell writing: "Our Welsh dragon is going to fight this!!!! and I can not wait for the moment you are back on that dance floor with us. We love you so much Amy."
Fellow dancer Nadiya Bychkova said: "Amy darling. Sending you all the love and the strength to get through this. Take care of yourself."
Oti Mabuse also added: "Sending you love and power and all the strength. You're an incredible woman. Love you Amy! Take care of yourself."
Amy opened up about her diagnosis in a chat with Hello! as she said it's another "hurdle" after finding a lump in her breast before she went on her honeymoon with husband Ben Jones.
She said she's got a "really good chance" of getting back out on the dancefloor "as soon as possible".
Amy explained she hadn't thought it was possible to get breast cancer at this age, adding: "My mum has had breast cancer, but she had it at a later age, in her 50s."
Amy explained that after doing the CoppaTrek! with Giovanna Fletcher in support of CoppaFeel! she was encouraged to check her breasts.
She explained that she made a conscious effort to check her breasts and added: "CoppaFeel! has now potentially saved my life because I don't know how long this lump could have been there before I would have noticed and done something about it."
Amy explained that she's had particular support from Tom Fletcher and Giovanna as she praised her encouragement since the diagnosis.
She said it all happened "so fast" as the doctors told her the lump was looking "suspicious" and after a biopsy she was told she had grade 3 breast cancer.
Although her doctor told her that grade three was the "most aggressive", they felt they'd "caught it early".
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