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Julia Bradbury shares mammogram after ‘brutal’ mastectomy for breast cancer

Julia Bradbury shared a picture of her digital mammogram to Instagram on Thursday after ‘brutal’ mastectomy for breast cancer. 

The TV presenter, 51, shared a photograph of her boob on the hospital monitor along with a lengthy caption detailing the type of ‘dense’ breasts she has. 

Keeping in high spirits, she joked to her fans: ‘Here’s my boob shot for Instagram!… You can tell your partner/granddad/brother/sister you’ve seen my boob now.’ 

Keeping her fans updated: Julia Bradbury shared a picture of her digital mammogram to Instagram on Thursday as she continues to battle breast cancer 

Explaining to her followers the significance of breast density, Julia said: ‘Women with dense breasts do have a higher risk of breast cancer than those with fatty breasts. The medical world isn’t certain why. 

‘This increased risk is separate from the effect of dense breasts, on the ability to read a mammogram. 

‘Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to interpret a mammogram because cancer and the dense breast tissue both appear white on the image. Digital mammograms do allow for a more detailed analysis, so mammograms are still an effective screening tool.

‘My breasts are described as Heterogeneously dense. 40% of women fall into this category, which is described as “some scattered areas of density but the majority of the breast tissue is non-dense”.’ 

Scan: The TV presenter, 51, shared a photograph of her boob on the hospital monitor along with a lengthy caption detailing the type of 'dense' breasts she has

Scan: The TV presenter, 51, shared a photograph of her boob on the hospital monitor along with a lengthy caption detailing the type of ‘dense’ breasts she has 

She continued: ‘To give yourself the best chance of catching breast cancer early & having successful treatment don’t rely on routine screening.’

‘Stay breast aware, know what your breasts look & feel like normally, & be on the lookout for unusual changes.’

‘I’m reminded constantly to take care of the four pillars of health: reduce stress levels (mindfulness or meditation), stay physically active (exercise at least 4 times a week), stay socially connected & engaged, eat a healthy, balanced diet (real, whole food, not processed packaged food).’

The advice comes after Julia posted a topless picture of herself last month saying she was going for one last walk with her body before her mastectomy.

‘Goodbye left boob’ she wrote in the caption while she cupped her breast and while wearing gym leggings.

She had previously taken to Instagram to share the news she was out of surgery but is yet to hear if the cancer has spread. 

She is hoping she will be able to carry on with her new life as normal even after the operation. 

Despite trying to stay positive, Julia was also honest with her followers when she posted a sombre looking selfie with tears in her eyes. 

She wrote in the caption: ‘I want to share this photo, because it doesn’t matter how much support you have, how much love, or even if you have a clear path of treatment for your breast cancer… sometimes you just feel overwhelmingly sad.   

‘(There are 100 million folks around the world with cancer) I cry when I read a kind message sometimes, or if I think about the reality of my mastectomy, or this morning, when I couldn’t hug my children before school, because I’m self isolating.

‘And that’s OK. We’re allowed to be sad, and there are some amazing support groups & charities there to help us.

Coping: Julia posted a topless picture of herself last month saying she was going for one last walk with her body before her mastectomy

Coping: Julia posted a topless picture of herself last month saying she was going for one last walk with her body before her mastectomy

‘Check yourself, look after your body, be aware… and have a cry if you need to ❤️’  

Julia elaborated on this, and how ‘upsetting’ she has found the situation, and that she fears ‘death and the unknown’, in an interview with Hello! Magazine. 

‘Fear of death is what you think of when you first hear the cancer word. Then it’s fear of the unknown. Then there’s a grieving process, as well, and disbelief,’ she told the publication. ‘I don’t know – nobody does – what awaits me on the other side. I don’t know if the cancer has spread or if I’m going to need chemo…’  

The Countryfile star went on: ‘I’m going through this on a deeply personal level and I’ve found it incredibly upsetting. I’m seeing a counsellor and taking every available help and kindness that’s been offered to me.

‘At the moment I’m being very regimented with my time. There is me-time, walking time, and the time in the day when I have a little cry. Then it’s: “Okay, come on. Let’s carry on with preparing the body for what’s coming my way…”‘

'Sometimes you just feel overwhelmingly sad': Despite trying to stay positive, Julia was also honest with her followers when she posted a sombre looking selfie with tears in her eyes

‘Sometimes you just feel overwhelmingly sad’: Despite trying to stay positive, Julia was also honest with her followers when she posted a sombre looking selfie with tears in her eyes


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