Michelle Heaton breaks down in tears as she reveals guilt over daughter's chances of getting same cancer gene
13:46 GMT, 9 October 2012
Michelle Heaton broke down in tears when she discussed the guilt she feels over her daughter possibly having the same cancer gene she has.
The former pop star found out that she has an 80 per cent chance of developing breast cancer and a 30 per cent chance of developing ovarian cancer after being diagnosed with a mutated gene called BRCA2.
During a part recorded and part live interview, the mother-of-one admitted that her daughter Faith has a 50 per cent chance of inheriting the mutated gene that she has.
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Mother's love: Michelle Heaton broke down during an interview on Lorraine after she revealed her guilt over giving her daughter the cancer gene
Tough times: Michelle Heaton broke down in tears as she discussed the prospect of having a double mastectomy on ITV's Lorraine
Speaking to ITV1's Lorraine, she said: 'A major part for me finding out that I had the gene was the guilt of possibly passing it on to Faith.
now has a 50 per cent chance of inheriting the gene from me, so I
believe when she's 18 she will be legal to be genetically tested.'
Due to her potential sickness Michelle may have to go under the knife and have a double mastectomy and her ovaries removed.
Facing the music: Michelle wept uncontrollably as the reality of her potential illness set in as she discussed it
Making choices: Michelle discussed her many worries and admitted that she wants her daughter to grow up with a mother
Holding back the tears: Michelle wants Faith to be tested for the gen when she is 18
She said: 'I think what's difficult
is timing it right. The double mastectomy not so much because obviously
that's not going to affect me having children and hormonally.
'But getting my ovaries removed is going to onset menopause and I won't be allowed to have children anymore.'
'It's really difficult to say how you
feel when you get told something like that because when you look at your
husband and he's getting clearly upset, and then you look at your
little baby who's laughing and giggling and she's not aware of anything,
you just feel things crumbling around you.'
Moving forward: The former pop star has not yet made up her mind whether she will go ahead with the procedure that could save her life
Michelle admitted that she wants husband Hugh Hanley to find another woman to raise their daughter Faith, if anything should happen to her.
Heaton said: 'If I go, will he find somebody else And I know it's an awful thing to think, but the last thing that you want to do is have your little baby without a mum.
'So I almost give my husband permission to find somebody else if anything ever happens to me because I'd want her to have a mum.'
Strike a pose: Michelle has an 80 per cent chance of developing breast cancer and a 30 per cent chance of developing ovarian cancer
Wiping away her tears Michelle said: 'I kind of feel lucky that I've found out now rather than pre-Faith, because I think had I found out this information before having Faith, maybe the pressure would have been too great to conceive as quickly as I had have done.
'Obviously we don't know, but I'm absolutely fortunate that I've got one gorgeous child, and if that's the only one that I have then I'm fortunate, but of course I'd love more.'
Video: Michelle Heaton breaks down in tears as she reveals cancer threat
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