Julia Bradbury Thriving after Cancer Surgery
- UK TV presenter Julia Bradbury, 51, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year after a mammogram found a lump.
- Post-mastectomy, she was pictured doing yoga and looking healthy and amazing.
- It’s important to screen for breast cancer regularly, especially if you have a family history of cancer.
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Bradbury, a presenter on Countryfile, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Raising awareness around the disease and highlighting her experiences, she documented her breast cancer journey in ITV documentary, Breast Cancer & Me.
Julia Bradbury’s Breast Cancer & Mastectomy
Bradbury discovered a lump in her breast, leading to a breast cancer diagnosis at age 50. Her mom also battled the disease.
Bradbury had a mastectomy to treat her disease. A mastectomy is the full or partial removal of a breast and it’s used as a treatment for breast cancer. Other breast cancer treatments can include radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy.
Julia Bradbury isn’t rushing herself after this surgery. She says, “it’s ok to have slow days after having a mastectomy.” And we couldn’t agree with her more! But the TV star admits she does have her off days, too. She says, ” There are days when this is all I can manage physically…& that’s OK. It’s OK to have slow days and less active days.”
Screening for Breast Cancer
It’s important to undergo regular screenings for breast cancer, as Bradbury has done. The current guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS) say that women aged 45 to 54 with a regular risk of breast cancer should get mammograms annually.
For women with an elevated risk of breast cancer (who have a family history of the disease or carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation), you should begin screening before age 45. Speak with family members about your family cancer history – it could save your life. Performing self-exams in the shower or at home is another good way to stay on top of breast cancer screenings; these should be done in addition to – not in place of – mammograms.
Breast cancer is screened for via mammogram, which looks for lumps in the breast tissue and other signs of existing cancer, or cancer in its earliest stages. If a worrisome lump is detected, your radiologist or doctor will advise you on the next steps, which typically include a breast biopsy.