Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor has spoken about the importance of being breast aware.
Sally, who was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago at the same time as her on-screen character Sally Webster was battling the illness, reflected on her own diagnosis and said that her character’s storyline saved her life.
Speaking on ITV’s This Morning’s Celebrity Surgery with Dr Chris Steele today, she told hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford:
You don’t think it’s ever going to happen to you, it’s a defence mechanism you think it always happens to somebody else it, never happens to you so why would I bother [checking myself]?
I actually didn’t think it was anything [finding a lump previously] but that’s terrible now I know, I just think how ridiculous that I didn’t take it up.
However, when the storylines of Coronation Street saw her on-screen alterego battling breast cancer it turned out the fictional plot helped save her life:
I was really excited about the story. A very close friend of mine had breast cancer so it really hit home… Then one day there was a gap in the scenes and they were so emotional [the scenes] that I suddenly thought ‘actually I should just go and check what that is but I’m sure it’s absolutely nothing’… it didn’t feel like a lump, it felt like a tiny little button or something, it was tiny.
Pictured: Sally Dynevor at the Coronation Street Garden as part of the Southport Flower Show in 2012.