A new mum was shocked to learn that the lump she discovered while breastfeeding her baby son was actually cancerous. Doctors initially thought it was a blocked milk duct, but tests confirmed the 30-year-old mother’s fears.
In Solidarity with Victoria
Amy Palmer, found the lump when she was breastfeeding her then-five-month-old son, Lenny. She has since made a full recovery and is now advising women to have their breasts checked regularly.
Amy spoke up to empathize with Coronation Street actress, Victoria Ekanoye who also discovered a cancerous lump while feeding her baby. Amy said:
If I could say one thing to Victoria, I'd just tell her to keep going. Her baby boy will give her the fight to get through this little hurdle in life, just like my baby boy did for me. I'd tell Victoria to talk to people and not feel like she has to be strong for everyone else - she needs to put herself first!
Amy and her husband, Colin, are fans of the show and loved Victoria’s performance when she was on between 2017 and 2019. She added:
She played a really good part and was a much loved character. Although we were sad when she left the soap, it does mean she can now concentrate on herself and on this next journey that she's about to fight!
Amy recalled how she and her husband burst out in tears when the lump was found to be cancerous. She had to undergo several rounds of intensive treatment, such as lumpectomy.
She also had six rounds of chemotherapy and 18 rounds of radiotherapy. Thankfully, Amy was able to beat the cancer and hopes Ekanoye would too.
The soap star has been speaking to OK! magazine about her cancer battle
My mum had breast cancer at 41, and her sister at 39 - so many people in my family, in fact. So I don't really leave any time before I check these things… We're being really optimistic, and positive, and really lucky that we've caught it as early as we have. I don't know if lucky is the right word, but that's how I feel.
Women aged 50 to 71 are invited for breast screenings every three years, but Amy and other young survivors want the age of mammogram testing should be lowered.