Christine Bleakley opens up about her cancer scare: "You realise you are not going to live forever"

'You start realising you're not going to live forever': Christine Bleakley opens up about her cancer scare

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14:37 GMT, 22 June 2012

Scare: Christine Bleakley has opened up about her cancer scare

Scare: Christine Bleakley has opened up about her cancer scare

Christine Bleakley has revealed a tense health scare in which doctors ordered her to have three moles removed.

The Dancing On Ice presenter, who is preparing to run 5k for Cancer Research UK's Race For Life, had the moles cut from her leg, lower back and neck.

After a nail-biting few days following the operation within the past month, she was eventually given the all-clear.

She said: 'I had my moles checked,
just because I thought it was a good thing to do, and I discovered I had
to have three removed.

'They were all fine, thank the Lord, but I had a period of not knowing whether it was fine or not.

'It's a funny old thing when you start realising it's not like you're 18 and you think you're going to live for ever.'

She told the Press Association: 'You start thinking slightly differently and you take a bit more care of yourself.'

Although she was relieved with the outcome, she added: 'You have that period when you're checking it and, goodness me, it was terrible.

'All sorts of thoughts run through your mind. But, thank the Lord, it was all fine.'

Relief: Christine, seen here with fianc Frank Lampard at Royal Ascot earlier this week, was given the all-clear after the moles were removed

Relief: Christine, seen here with fianc Frank Lampard at Royal Ascot earlier this week, was given the all-clear after the moles were removed

The former Daybreak host had originally been to see her doctor about a different mole altogether, and was surprised when the others were mentioned.

She said: 'I was scared about one that I could see had got bigger, but the doctor wasn't even a bit perturbed about that one.

'These other three I'd hardly even noticed. It just goes to show you've got to keep check of your own body and keep a look on things. It's good to feel for lumps and bumps. I tell everyone to go and do that.'

Sun safe: Christine says she is now much more aware about staying safe in the sun and using suncream

Sun safe: Christine says she is now much more aware about staying safe in the sun and using suncream

Christine, who has recently been in Italy with footballer fianc Frank Lampard, said she is now extra careful about sun protection.

She said: 'In recent years I've started to be more like that anyway, but I've just come back from a holiday having plastered my face in factor 50 and covered my moles in a complete block. I just do big dollops of it.

'I'm just much more aware of it and I spent a lot of time creaming up before I leave my hotel in the morning.'

Christine – who has been promoting Vodafone's JustTextGiving service to encourage runners to sign up – will take part in the charity run in Richmond, south west London, on July 15.

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