Christine McGuinness reveals results of cancer gene test after mum’s diagnosis
Christine McGuinness has shared the results of her cancer gene test almost a year after her mother was diagnosed with an ‘aggressive’ form of the disease.
The mum-of-three, who is married to presenter Paddy McGuinness, decided to have a BRCA test herself due to the history of cancer in her family.
Her mother, Joanne, was diagnosed with breast cancer last September but is fortunately in remission.
It pushed Christine, 33, to finally make the appointment she’d been considering and has now received the results.
Speaking to The Mirror, she revealed: ‘I’m just really relieved. Thank God it came back negative.’
She added: ‘It was that worry when I thought about getting myself tested. It made me think I’m going to have to do it because my mum’s got cancer and I could have this gene. And I haven’t! So it’s a big relief.
‘It doesn’t mean I can’t get cancer, but it means my chances are the same as anybody else’s.’
Christine admitted she ‘put off’ doing the test as she feared the outcome but prepared herself for the worst result.
Her mum Joanne started treatment immediately after being told she had ‘aggressive breast cancer’. However, she’s now ‘doing really well’ after six months of chemotherapy and 10 days of radiotherapy, and the lump has been removed.
Christine described it as an ‘awful time’ as she wasn’t able to support her mother in person due to the Covid restrictions.
The former model shares three children with husband Paddy, 48; twins Penelope and Leo, eight, and four-year-old Felicity, who are all autistic. The couple are making a BBC documentary to highlight what it’s like parenting children living with the condition.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world.
Christine is also releasing her first autobiography, A Beautiful Nightmare, about her childhood, marriage and becoming a mother.
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