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Heaton weeps over cancer chances

Michelle Heaton wept on TV as she spoke about discovering that she has an 80 per cent chance of developing breast cancer.

The former Liberty X star, 33, who also has a 30 per cent chance of ovarian cancer, faces the possibility of a double mastectomy and having her ovaries removed.

Michelle, who was diagnosed four months ago with the mutated gene, said there was a 50 per cent chance of her daughter, who was born in January, inheriting the gene.

She told ITV1 show Lorraine: "It's really difficult to say how you feel when you get told something like that because when you look at your husband and he's getting clearly upset, and then you look at your little baby who is laughing and giggling and she's not aware of anything, you just feel things crumbling around you.

"If I go, will he find somebody else? And I know it's an awful thing to think, but the last thing that you want to do is have your little baby without a mum. So I almost give my husband permission to find somebody else if anything ever happens to me because I'd want her to have a mum."

She said she felt "guilt" that her daughter Faith had a 50 per cent chance of having the gene.

Michelle told the show, in a part pre-recorded and part-live interview: "I think what's difficult is timing it right.

"The double mastectomy not so much because obviously that's not going to affect me having children and hormonally.

"But getting my ovaries removed is going to onset menopause and I won't be allowed to have children anymore.

"Obviously we don't know, but I'm absolutely fortunate that I've got one gorgeous child, and if that's the only one that I have then I'm fortunate, but of course I'd love more."

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