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Ellen Jenne & Jamie Greer

Love Island's Faye Winter shares cancer warning after finding a lump on holiday

Love Island’s Faye Winter has revealed she’s been referred to her local breast care services after finding a lump in her armpit on holiday.

Faye was a finalist on the seventh series of Love Island in 2021. The Exeter born star has also appeared on Celebrity MasterChef.

The reality star has urged her followers to give themselves a check for any breast cancer symptoms. In a video uploaded to her Instagram Story, Faye addressed her fans’ worries about being “quiet” on social media since her recent girls’ holiday, reports MyLondon.

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Faye said: “I don’t want to let anyone in too soon. I didn’t feel like there was a right time to speak to you guys, but I feel like today is probably the day for it and if one person, one person has a check today then I will be so happy, because I am going down for my breast care service two-week wait triple assessment.

“Um, whilst I was on holiday with my incredible girlies, which I love so much I was putting my sun cream on and I thought, ‘oh, what is she? She is new to my body,’ and I found a little lump.”

Faye explained she went to her doctor two weeks ago, who referred her to Torbay Hospital, in Devon, which she went to yesterday (Tuesday, June 6) for a mammogram and ultrasound. She said: “I’m sure it probably isn’t, it’s probably just a cyst or something.

"But it’s one of those things that has played on my mind, and I haven’t really been able to get it out of my mind which is fine, so there’s one thing I’m going to ask you guys to do today is just have a little check because the NHS has been incredible. This has been all within a month. So please have a little check, make sure everything’s okay and if there’s anything you’re worried about make sure you check out with your local GP.”

Faye then posted a photo of Torbay’s Breast Care Unit alongside the caption: “Here and got a puncture in my tyre”. After her appointment, she then posted a thank you to her fans and followers.

She said on her story, alongside tagging the charity Coopa Feel’s website link: “Thank you for all the support today! I’m going back to hospital on Thursday, will keep you all updated.

“I’m just going to leave this link here for anyone that needs to know how to check or what to look out for. Love you all.”

For anyone wanting to know how to check yourself properly, CoppaFeel detailed a few simple steps below:

  • Check regularly - CoopaFeel believe boob checking should be part of your monthly routine so that you will notice any unusual changes quickly. By checking on a regular basis, you will also build confidence of knowing what is normal for you each month.

  • What’s the norm (for you) - Being breast aware simply means knowing what is normal for your boobs or pecs. If you have periods, it’s likely you’ll find that your boobs will naturally change as part of your cycle each month. It is important to get to know the normal rhythm of your boobs so you will be able to detect anything unusual quickly.

  • Look and definitely give it a feel - Many of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer are changes you would only notice by looking at the appearance of your boobs. CoppaFeel recommend 'coppin’ a feel' and taking a look during your checks.

  • Breast tissue isn’t only found in your boobs. It reaches all the way up to your collarbone and underneath your armpit so this whole area should be checked each time too. This is the same for all genders.

  • Get it checked - Your doctor is the only person who can refer you for further examination so we encourage people to visit their doctor after a week of monitoring the symptom if it doesn’t go away.

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer

  • Look - Changes in skin texture (e.g. puckering/dimpling)

  • Look - Swelling in your armpit or around you collarbone

  • Feel - Lumps and thickening

  • Feel - Constant and unusual pain in your boobs or armpit

  • Look - Nipple discharge

  • Look - A rash or crusting around the nipple or surrounding area

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