Dame Julie Walters reveals shock of cancer diagnosis

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Dame Julie Walters has revealed she was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer, according to BBC News.

The star, who has starred in Mamma Mia, Billy Elliott and Educating Rita, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire she initially thought doctors ‘must have made a mistake’.

Dame Julie told Derbyshire that her diagnosis came 18 months ago, with two primary tumours in her large intestine, and that the cancer had spread to nearby lymph nodes but not to distant body parts.

The 69-year-old said she had first gone to see her doctor a year earlier with indigestion and ‘slight discomfort’, and later returned with symptoms such as stomach pain, heartburn and vomiting.

After a course of chemotherapy and an operation to remove 30cm of her colon, she has now been given the all clear.

Image source: BBC News

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