Shirley Ballas: Strictly star discovered lump on her arm after fans spotted it


Shirley Ballas is currently touring arenas across the country as part of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing tour. Shirley’s career is going from strength to strength but a health scare late last year threatened to burst her bubble. The Strictly judge spent a few weeks undergoing tests after fans spotted a lump under her arm during an online video.

Thankfully, the lump did not turn out to be a sign of something serious.

The judge gave an update on ITV’s Lorraine this morning, praising her fans in the process.

Shirley revealed that “nine people spotted the lump on my arm”.

“My hormones were all off,” she said.

The judge added: I am grateful to the fans. I thank them all. Truly grateful.”

In a video posted on Instagram in the weeks following the discovery, the TV star said: “I got two sets of results back today and the shadow on my kidney seems absolutely fine, they’re not worried about it.

“Some other, I’m going to say polyps, there was the fancy name for them, are just absolutely fine so there was no cancer there, so that was good.

“Now I need to have my boobies checked one more time when I have a minute.”

The judge added: “My hormones are still all over the place, so started today with some oestrogen to see if we can balance the body better, and she does recommend that maybe I take a little time for myself, which I’ll try to do.”

Ballas previously told fans she had been to hospital for an “internal probe” of her ovaries, kidneys and adrenal glands” after fans shared concerned messages when they spotted a lump under her right arm.

When are lumps serious?

Most people get lumps and growths on their skin at some point. They can be caused by many things.

They can:

  • Be soft or hard to touch
  • Move around
  • Be the size of a pea or a golf ball
  • Be a lump under the skin or a growth that hangs off your skin.

Although most lumps are harmless, “it’s important to see a GP if you’re worried or the lump is still there after two weeks”, advises the NHS.

See a GP if:

  • Your lump gets bigger
  • Your lump is painful, red or hot
  • Your lump is hard and does not move
  • Your lump lasts more than two weeks
  • 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 your neck, armpit or groin that does not go down.

“The GP will look at your lump. They may be able to tell you what’s causing it,” explains the NHS.

“If they’re unsure, they might refer you to hospital for tests, such as a biopsy (where a very small sample of the lump is removed and tested) or an ultrasound scan.”

When is a lump in the breast a sign of breast cancer?

A lump in the breast is the most common symptom of breast cancer, but most breast lumps are not cancer.

“They are usually lumps either filled with fluid (a cyst) or made up of fibrous and glandular tissue (fibroadenoma),” explains Macmillan Cancer Support.

Nonetheless, “it is very important to get any of these symptoms or anything else that is unusual for you checked by your GP”, advises the charity.

Other signs to include:

  • A lump or swelling in either armpit
  • A change in the shape or size of the breast, such as swelling in all or part of the breast
  • A nipple turning in (inverted nipple)
  • A rash (like eczema) on the nipple
  • Discharge or bleeding from the nipple
  • Pain or discomfort in the breast that does not go away, but this is rare.



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