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Coleen Nolan is ‘considering a double mastectomy’ after sisters’ Linda and Anne cancer diagnosis

Coleen Nolan has revealed she is thinking about having a double mastectomy after her sisters Linda and Anne were diagnosed with cancer just days apart.

The Loose Women star, 55, was devastated after Anne Nolan, 69, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer earlier this year, with Linda, 61, finding out she has incurable liver cancer just few days later.

And now in a candid new interview, Coleen admitted she’s thought about having the procedure to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer in the future.

Preventative: Coleen Nolan is reportedly thinking about having a double mastectomy after her sisters Linda and Anne were diagnosed with cancer just days apart

Discussing her fear of developing the disease, she told The Mirror: ‘The guilt is incredible, I don’t feel guilty for not having the disease; I feel guilty for being afraid of it when I think of Anne and Linda living with it. But of course it’s hard not to be consumed by fear when those so close to you have been affected.’

When asked whether she’d considered removing her own breasts as a preventative measure, she responded: ‘Of course. Seeing what Anne and Linda are going through has made me think a lot about having a mastectomy. 

‘I’ve been lying in bed at night, looking down at my breasts and thinking, “Am I just walking around with two timebombs here?” If that’s a possibility, maybe I need to get rid of them.’ 

Shock: The Loose Women star, 55, was devastated after Anne Nolan, 69, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer earlier this year, with Linda, 61, finding out she has incurable liver cancer just few days later

Shock: The Loose Women star, 55, was devastated after Anne Nolan, 69, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer earlier this year, with Linda, 61, finding out she has incurable liver cancer just few days later

Meanwhile, the singer told how she was so shocked by her sisters’ tragic news that she couldn’t ‘couldn’t even cry’.

She went on to describe the ‘incredible anger’ that she felt and said how she though to herself that cancer could ‘f**** off’.

The TV personality added that she felt ‘totally helpless’ after learning the news as the coronavirus lockdown meant that they were kept apart. 

Amid the devastation in their family, Coleen also told how her children were ‘absolutely terrified’ that she’d develop the illness too.

The star shares sons Shane Jnr, 31, and Jake, 27, with ex Shane Richie, while she has Ciara, 19, from her marriage to Ray Fensome.

Battle: Anne, 69, has stage three breast cancer. She found the lump leading to her diagnosis in April, exactly 20 years after she was first found to have the disease in 2000

Battle: Anne, 69, has stage three breast cancer. She found the lump leading to her diagnosis in April, exactly 20 years after she was first found to have the disease in 2000

She said that they had urged her to have ‘investigate surgery’ just in case.

Following her sisters’ cancer reveal, Coleen’s management took to her Twitter account to say: ‘They’ve beaten it before – they can beat it again 

‘Please keep them in your thoughts and well wishes X.’  

Anne found out she has stage three breast cancer shortly after the pair returned from filming a series of The Nolans Go Cruising with sisters Coleen and Maureen in March.

Tough: I feel guilty for being afraid of it when I think of Anne and Linda living with it. But of course it’s hard not to be consumed by fear when those so close to you have been affected'

Tough: I feel guilty for being afraid of it when I think of Anne and Linda living with it. But of course it’s hard not to be consumed by fear when those so close to you have been affected’

She discovered the lump leading to her diagnosis in April, exactly 20 years after she was first found to have the disease in 2000. 

Her sister Linda, 61, found out she has incurable liver cancer days later. 

The pop star has also battled cancer before, after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, cellulitis and lymphoedema in her arm in 2007 and secondary cancer on her pelvis in 2017. 

Taking action? 'I’ve been lying in bed at night, looking down at my breasts and thinking, "Am I just walking around with two timebombs here?" If that’s a possibility, maybe I need to get rid of them'

Taking action? ‘I’ve been lying in bed at night, looking down at my breasts and thinking, “Am I just walking around with two timebombs here?” If that’s a possibility, maybe I need to get rid of them’

Speaking in her first TV interview since publicly revealing her diagnosis, Linda admitted it’s been ‘traumatic’ losing her hair after undergoing chemotherapy treatment in lockdown, and described the health battle as ‘a double nightmare’ to undergo during lockdown. 

The sisters have now both lost their hair after undergoing chemotherapy.  

But both Anne and Linda are determined to beat the disease which killed their sister Bernie in 2013. 

Optimistic: Speaking after her sisters revealed their illnesses, Coleen's management said on her Twitter account: 'They've beaten it before - they can beat it again'

Optimistic: Speaking after her sisters revealed their illnesses, Coleen’s management said on her Twitter account: ‘They’ve beaten it before – they can beat it again’

Mother-of-two Anne told the Sun: ‘I don’t want to die. I love my life so much. I love my daughters, my grandchildren, my friends, all my family. I want to live for as long as I possibly can.’ 

Linda said she thought her scans ‘would be just fine as they normally are’, before her oncologist’s office phoned her to say she needed an MRI scan when they found something on her liver.

This was just half an hour after her sister Maureen had called her to deliver the news that Anne’s breast cancer had returned. 

‘I couldn’t tell anyone then because they were so obviously devastated about Anne,’ she said. ‘I thought, ‘I can’t turn around now and say, ‘Actually I’ve got it back as well’.”

Close: The sisters, who formed part of Irish pop group The Nolans, endured a round of chemotherapy together at Blackpool's Victoria Hospital last month after receiving the devastating diagnoses. Pictured: Denise, Linda, Anne, Colleen, Bernadette and Maureen Nolan

Close: The sisters, who formed part of Irish pop group The Nolans, endured a round of chemotherapy together at Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital last month after receiving the devastating diagnoses. Pictured: Denise, Linda, Anne, Colleen, Bernadette and Maureen Nolan

Trauma: Linda said it was 'traumatic' losing her hair after chemotherapy treatment in lockdown, and described the health battle as 'a double nightmare' to undergo during lockdown

Trauma: Linda said it was ‘traumatic’ losing her hair after chemotherapy treatment in lockdown, and described the health battle as ‘a double nightmare’ to undergo during lockdown

After the sisters received their devastating diagnoses, Maureen moved in with Anne and Linda relocated to her sister Denise’s home.

The sisters had their first session of chemotherapy together on June 5, and will both have six rounds of the treatment in total. 

Anne, who was in hospital for 11 days amid her treatment, will then have either a mastectomy or lumpectomy, most likely followed by radiotherapy. 

Speaking of the moment they were diagnosed, Linda recalled: ‘We laughed and we cried really, It’s hysterical.’ 

‘Forget the Chemical Brothers, we’ve become the Chemo Sisters,’ she added. 

Upsetting: The devastating news comes seven years after Linda and Anne lost their sister Bernie (pictured second from right in 2012) to cancer in 2013

Upsetting: The devastating news comes seven years after Linda and Anne lost their sister Bernie (pictured second from right in 2012) to cancer in 2013

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