Former Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby has revealed her mum Letitia, 53, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, saying she had no symptoms or signs.
The TV star, who is currently pregnant with her first child, revealed she also found a lump in her breast just days after the heartbreaking family news.
Charlotte, 32, revealed Letitia will start chemotherapy and radiotherapy in a fortnight.
The pair are now calling for the government to lower the age of mammogram screening invitations.
Charlotte and Letitia revealed she was diagnosed after a routine mammogram, with the reality star telling The Sun: "Mam had no symptoms. There were no signs."
“It was just a routine mammogram, I have never missed one. When they told me it was cancer I was floored," Letitia explained.
“I no symptoms, no lumps, nothing. The mammogram has helped save my life – they should be inviting women of all ages to one every single year. Not just women over 50.”
Charlotte went on to reveal that the devastating diagnosis lead her to have her own breasts checked after she discovered a lump just days after her mum's news.
“I became so much more aware of my own body. And then I found a lump literally just after mum was diagnosed," she explained.
“I went to get it checked out straight away. Luckily it was nothing bad.”
Charlotte, who is eight months pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Jake Ankers, revealed she was "adamant" news about the diagnosis in a letter would reveal Letitia was all clear.
"When mum got the letter from them she said she thought something was wrong," she added.
“But I was so adamant it wasn’t. I said, ‘You’re being stupid and worrying over nothing.’ I was so adamant it was going to be fine. I didn’t even entertain the fact it would be cancer.
“When she called and told us it was cancer, I said: No it’s not.’ She was like, ‘No I have been told it is cancer.’ But I still didn’t believe it because I was so adamant it could not be that.”
Letitia has since undergone surgery to remove a tumour and will next month begin courses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
However Charlotte has been supporting her mum throughout the diagnosis, saying: “My pregnancy has flown by, I have been so focused on mam.
“This has made us realise we can get through the really tough times."
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