Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has shared an update on her health after undergoing ‘full blood work’ to determine the cause of a lump under her arm, after it was noticed by eagle-eyed viewers.
The former Latin champion, 61, shared an Instagram video on Tuesday where she admitted the results, and in particular her hormone levels, are ‘a little concerning’.
Revealing how her oestrogen levels are ‘extremely low’ and her adrenal glands and ovaries are in need of ‘a scan’, Shirley said she’s booked in for an appointment at King’s College Hospital in London.
‘It’s a little concerning’: Shirley Ballas, 61, revealed in an Instagram video on Tuesday that she’s to undergo more tests in hospital over worrying blood work and hormone levels
Addressing her fans directly in the video, Shirley said that her doctor determined her hormone levels ‘were not right’ and would need to undergo ‘a lot of blood work’.
‘I went and had a lot of blood work done and now the testosterone’s coming back ultra high, the adrenal glands need a scan and my ovaries need a scan. My oestrogen levels are extremely low. All in all a little concerning for my doctor,’ she revealed.
Shirley said the next step is to attend an appointment at the King’s College Hospital, and is incredibly grateful that ‘several concerned people bothered’ to let her know what was going on, in reference to Strictly viewers noticing the lump under her arm.
Seeking help: Shirley was first alerted to the problem after Strictly viewers flooded her social media with messages about a lump they had spotted under her armpit
‘I love you all. I appreciate you, and thank you,’ she concluded her clip.
Shirley reiterated these sentiments in the post’s caption, which read: ‘To each and every one of you who started me on this road, thank you so much. I’ll keep you all updated each and every one of you.
‘Remember health is wealth so I’ll be on top of these issues for the time being. With gratitude to you all,’ she wrote, alongside the hashtags ‘health’ and ‘gratitude’.
More tests: Revealing how her oestrogen levels are ‘extremely low’ and her adrenal glands and ovaries are in need of ‘a scan’, Shirley said she’s booked in for an appointment at King’s College Hospital in London
Last week, Shirley visited her doctor to have the legion checked over after feeling what appeared to be a ‘tiny little node’ in her armpit.
In an Instagram post, the dance professional revealed to fans that she was having ‘full blood work’ done at the hospital to find out more.
She wrote at the time: ‘Dear All thank you so much for making me aware of a lump you all saw under my arm. I am so grateful to have so many beautiful kind caring humans looking out for me.
Awareness: The former Latin champion had a lump under her right arm checked out by her doctor last week
Keeping her fans updated: Shirley reiterated these sentiments in the post’s caption, which read: ‘To each and every one of you who started me on this road, thank you so much. I’ll keep you all updated each and every one of you’
Getting checked: Last week, Shirley visited her doctor to have the legion checked over after feeling what appeared to be a ‘tiny little node’ in her armpit
‘I will be popping to the hospital Friday for full blood work. Hormones could be the reason for exhaustion, sleepless nights and a few more things going on.
‘I’m so happy I went for a check up today. Ladies let me know how your hormones are? Do you self check? Hugs to all,’ she said, alongside the hashtags ‘breast check’ and ‘hormones’.
In a video, Shirley added that a doctor did an underarm and breast test but didn’t feel anything.
But she said the doctor did think she saw something when the dancer lifted her arm.
She said: ‘I popped to the doctor, she did an underarm test and breast test. She couldn’t feel anything although she also thought that she saw something when I lifted my arm up so… maybe it was cameras, lighting, not sure.’
Shirley took to Instagram on Saturday to reveal she was inundated with messages of concern by fans of the show.
Shirley captioned the video shared to the site: ‘So many messages over the last three weeks about suspected lump under my right arm.
‘I have done a self-check and will go to my Dr on Tuesday. Thank you to those who reached out with their concerns.
‘To all be vigilant and do self checks regularly,’ she continued, alongside hashtags including ‘self check’, ‘nodes’ and ‘breast cancer awareness’.
Shirley also shared the messages of concern she had received.
One person wrote: ‘I don’t want to alarm you but you have lump in your right arm pit, please get it checked out.’
Another person wrote: ‘I know you must get a lot of messages but can I just say you looked really beautiful tonight. As I’ve just went through cancer can I ask if you could get your lymph nodes checked under your arm as I noticed a lump under your arm tonight watching. Sorry, just worried.’
Voice of concern: The head judge on the BBC One celebrity dance contest took to Instagram to reveal she was inundated with messages of concern by fans
‘Lymph node R armpit,’ wrote another person. ‘Dear Shirley you are wonderful. I noticed tonight you had a visible raised lymph node in your R armpit.
‘You may already be aware but I just wanted you to consider getting it checked. It could be due to something very minor like a virus or infection, but please get it checked.’
While another person wrote: ‘I genuinely don’t want to upset or alarm you, but I noticed while watching the show tonight that it looks like you’ve got a lump in your right armpit. Please check it.
‘I would hate for it to be something and I hadn’t said anything. Thanks for being wonderful on the show.’
Speaking out: Shirley captioned a clip on Instagram: ‘So many messages over the last three weeks about suspected lump under my right arm’
In 2019, the choreographer underwent a four-hour operation to have her breast implants removed due to cancer fears.
WHY DO WE GET LUMPS?
Most people get lumps and growths on their skin at some point.
They can be caused by many things.
See a GP if:
Your lump gets bigger
Your lump is painful, red or hot
Your lump is hard and doesn’t move
A lump grows back after it’s been removed
You have a lump in the breast or testicles
You have a swelling on the side of the neck, armpit or groin that doesn’t go down
She said at the time that she hopes young women will learn to love their own bodies, rather than get ‘all these procedures’.
She said: ‘Don’t think you need to have these procedures to make you look more attractive.
‘For young women, if someone is making you feel bad about yourself, talk to someone. But don’t do what I did.
‘You can’t make somebody love you, no matter what you do to yourself. You can get implants, you can get all these procedures, thinking you will be more of a woman for that person. But it does not make a difference.
‘If they don’t love you, they won’t no matter what you do to your appearance. It’s learning to love yourself.’
Shirley made the decision to remove her DD breast implants and embrace her natural A cup after she discovered a potentially dangerous capsule that had grown unexpectedly.
And for those still considering implants, the TV star urged them to ‘do their research’ into the possible risks.
She added: ‘Do your research about the implants. I did not do mine. I thought if I put them in I’d look better and my husband would think of me as more desirable.
‘I made this choice many years ago not understanding what I was really doing, except telling myself I didn’t look good enough.’
In June this year, Shirley suffered another cancer scare after finding a lump in her shoulder.
Speaking on GB News, Shirley explained she’s had two other cancer scares in the past, and is anxiously awaiting the results of her tests.
Eagle-eyed: Shirley was sent messages by concerned Strictly Come Dancing fans after they noticed the lump under her arm while watching the show
She said: ‘I got the Covid virus and then they found a ganglion cyst or a tumour in my shoulder.
‘I am going backwards and forwards to the hospital all the time. I feel I seem to be getting sicker by the minute. I can’t seem to get up and out. It’s something between two bones and they are not really sure what it is yet.
‘They have done the dye and the MRIs plus this and that. I get the results in a few weeks. The gentleman seems to think it will be fine but, still, it is worrying.’
Shirley has a history of cancer in her family, with her mum Audrey diagnosed with colon cancer in 2019, while grandmother and aunt have both battled the disease.
Scare: In 2019, the choreographer underwent a four-hour operation to have her breast implants removed due to cancer fears