'I have an 80 per cent chance of cancer': Michelle Heaton reveals she may need to have a double mastectomy and her ovaries removed
20:57 GMT, 14 August 2012
It was only Sunday night that she was rushed into hospital following a heart scare.
But now Michelle Heaton has opened up about her other health problems, revealing they're so severe she faces an 80 per cent chance of contracting cancer.
The former Liberty X star revealed all to OK! magazine this week, stating that she's having to choose whether to undergo a double mastectomy and have her ovaries removed.
Cancer fears: Michelle Heaton has opened up to reveal she faces an 80 per cent chance of cancer and may have to undergo a double mastectomy
She recently discovered that she has the BRCA2 gene, which vastly increases her chances of contracting the deadly disease.
The singer told the magazine: 'I have an 80% chance of getting ovarian cancer or breast cancer – and that's on top of everybody else's one-in-three chance.
'I've got to have an operation and we've got some decisions to make – whether I should have a double mastectomy and if I should have my ovaries removed to reduce the risks.
Opening up: Michelle has also taken to Twitter to reveal she's going for meetings this week to discuss her health problems
'We're going to have some counselling sessions before we make our minds up. I've got my first mammogram soon.'
And today Heaton took to her Twitter page to reveal she's already started meetings and discussions into how to deal with her health issues.
She wrote: 'The shoot with @OK_Magazine this weeks reveals something I've been living with for a couple a months.
Health woes: The former pop star has revealed she may have to undergo a
series of operations to prevent herself from contracting the disease
with the events of the last…few days it's been a very tough couple of
months. I am blessed to have such a wonderful family and amazing
friends in this difficult time.
'They say things come in
three's.. Let's hope not. Two potential life altering issues is enough
thank u very much…this week I have tests and investigations into the
cancer gene so i can make informative decisions on operations &
family going forward.
'Not exactly how I'd imagined my Sunday': The singer tweeted pictures of herself hooked up to medical equipment after being rushed to hospital at the weekend
Keeping her company: Husband Hugh Hanley and baby Faith were at her bedside
Michelle, 33, added: 'Venturing out now 4my first breast screening appointment .. 2moz are counselling sessions & research meetings .. First a #Starbucks (decaf).'
The revelations about her cancer fears come just two days after she was rushed into a medical facility.
She should have been feeling relaxed and well-rested after her sunshine break with her best friend Katie Price last week.
But Heaton instead found herself at the centre of a health scare on Sunday night when she was rushed to hospital.
She was forced to spend the night on a ward at Watford General Hospital after her long-term heart condition 'took a turn for the worst'.
The singer made the announcement in a series of tweets from her Twitter account.
She posted: 'Thank u for all your lovely comments.
I am having a small operation to fit a 3 year heart recorder this
afternoon It's scary but so grateful to #watfordgeneral #nhs
4looking after me & deciding this is best course of action. I'm sure
the operation will b fine.'
Heaton tweeted pictures of herself from her hospital bed hooked up to medical equipment as she updated her followers on her health.
Putting a smile on her face: Heaton tweeted a picture of her baby girl Faith
Yesterday morning she revealed she had spent a sleepless night on the ward – partly kept awake by a woman snoring in the bed next to her.
The former Liberty X singer also posted pictures of her adorable baby daughter Faith and husband Hugh Hanley, who were at her bedside.
She tweeted: 'As you may or may not
know I have suffered from long and scary heart problems over the years.
Today it took a turn for the worst.
'Not exactly how I'd imagined my Sunday … overnight stay needed.. But baby faith and my @hughhanley keeps a smile on my face.
'I am ok now, I am being kept in over
night just 4 monitoring.. #nhs are amazing and have looked after me so
well. Thank u #watfordgeneral.
'Time to rest now and get cuddles in with my angel before they have to leave.'
Later, she spoke of her disappointment at being unable to watch the Olympics closing ceremony from her hospital bed.
She added: 'Unfortunately no #closingceremony2012 for me.. TV not in ward.. #gutted I have twitter to update me though.
'Being in hospital makes u realise life is too short…cherish your loves ones and make sure the life u lead is the life YOU want to lead.'
She also revealed what was keeping her entertained in the absence of a television – one of Faith's toys, a packet of M&Ms and a book from the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
After missing the Olympics closing ceremony, the singer posted a picture of her daughter's toy, a bag of M&Ms… and some saucy bedtime reading
Heaton has only recently returned from a girly sunshine break with friend Katie Price and their children.
She had been updating her followers with tweets from her holiday and uploaded several pictures of her baby enjoying the sunshine.
Heaton showed off an impressive post-pregnancy bikini body in the photos.