Michelle Heaton has spoken out about the surgery she’ll face after the birth of her second child to help prevent her getting cancer.
The Liberty X singer, 34, has already had a double mastectomy, in 2012, after discovering that she carries the mutated BRCA2 gene – which puts her at greater risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
And this year, after her second child is born, she’ll have her ovaries removed as a further preventative measure.
“I’m not afraid of the procedure,” Michelle told OK! Magazine, “but the idea of going through the menopause while I’m still in my 30s is scary.”
Michelle is already mum to 1-year-old Faith and her second baby – a boy – is due soon.
“I’ve always wanted two,” she said. “I’m one of two, Hugh [her husband Hugh Hanley] is one of two, and now we’ll have a boy and a girl.”
Michelle’s pregnancy hasn’t been all plain-sailing: although she’s been feeling fine, she’s been told she has a low-lying placenta “which basically means that I will be bed-bound towards the end of the pregnancy as the pressure of the baby on the placenta can cause internal bleeding”.
It’s thought Michelle will have a planned Caesarean in a few weeks.