Julie Walters Reveals Stage 3 Bowel Cancer Diagnosis

Julie Walters Reveals Stage 3 Bowel Cancer Diagnosis

Julie Walters Reveals Stage 3 Bowel Cancer Diagnosis

Dame Julie Walters, the two-time Oscar-nominated British actress, has said that she plans to cut her workload after undergoing treatment for bowel cancer.

The "Mamma Mia!" and "Billy Elliot" actress said she was shocked to be diagnosed with stage three of the disease around 18 months ago, but has now been given the all clear.

She recalled how she had gone to see a doctor a year before her diagnosis with "slight discomfort" and indigestion.

"I thought my luck could run out", Julie, who was diagnosed while filming The Secret Garden, told the presenter. "It would have to be something I'm really engaged with", she said.

The Mamma Mia actress also recalled the devastating moment she had to tell husband Grant Roffey of her diagnosis, as she admitted: "So I came out and then Grant was waiting in the vehicle because he'd taken me. Tears came into his eyes".

The 69-year-old actress shared her story with BBC's Victoria Derbyshire - in an interview which aired Thursday - explaining that while she's now in the clear, her brush with the disease has given her a new perspective on life and her career. "And then you hold on to the positive, which is he [the doctor] said 'we can fix this.'" She added that she is now doing "really well" and a recent scan showed that the cancer has been banished.

She added that she "just had a scan and I know that [I'm] clear". 'I'll never forget his face.

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Survival rates for men and women with stage three bowel cancer for more than five years after their diagnosis are nearly 65%, says CRUK.

The NHS's national clinical director for cancer, Professor Peter Johnson, said: "I would like to thank Dame Julie for sharing her story because it's so important for people to realise that, if caught early enough, bowel cancer can be cured, so going to your GP and getting checked as soon as you have symptoms is crucial".

"It was too tender and too private and I just wasn't ready".

She said she had "30cm taken out of my colon" in hospital.

'I'm not saying I'll never act again.

According to the NHS website, the symptoms of bowel cancer can be subtle and do not necessarily make you feel ill. I said, "they're anxious it's cancer".

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