Coleen Nolan tells Piers Morgan she's considering a double mastectomy to avoid family's 'cancer curse'
COLEEN Nolan said she is "seriously considering" a double mastectomy to avoid her family's 'cancer curse'.
Speaking on Piers Morgan's Life Stories, which airs tonight, the Loose Women star told how she's been warned her risk of getting cancer is "incredibly high".
The 56-year-old's sister Bernie died from breast cancer in 2013, while sister Linda has incurable cancer and her other sibling Anne is receiving treatment for breast cancer.
In a preview from The Mirror, Coleen says: "I'm seriously looking into elective mastectomy. I've spoken to a specialist so far to see.
"I've said, 'look what are my chances of this' and he said, 'incredibly high' and although we don't carry the gene – the known gene BRCA1 and BRCA2 – he said it will be gene related somewhere, it will just be a gene we haven’t found."
During the emotional interview, Linda also said that sister Bernie "wouldn't accept" she was dying.
The late star "convinced" the family that she was going to live during her treatment.
Coleen said: "Bernie would not accept any other scenario except she’s going to live.
"What ever they said, she was going to live. And I guess she convinced us of that as well.
"I’ll never ever forget her. And we talk about her as if she’s still here and it still does feel like she’s a massive part of our family because whatever we do, Bernie is mentioned.
"Sometimes sadly because everything we do we say, Bernie would love this. She was just so full of life and it was, it was… hard."
Anne and Linda told The Sun last year that they were both diagnosed days apart.
Linda has incurable liver cancer, while sister Anne has breast cancer.
Speaking about the diagnoses, Coleen continued: "Yeah, you almost feel like it’s a curse that’s been on you but it’s not. So many families go through this. But it’s hard because, well it’s cancer. It’s hard.
"Losing Bernie was just catastrophic in our family. She was the life and soul of our family. We all pulled each other through it.
"And then me and my sisters had this fantastic opportunity to do the cruising show. And literally within two or three weeks of it finishing, first Anne was diagnosed again and then literally four days later Linda.
"And it was just bam. It was really shocking."
Piers Morgan's Life Stories airs tonight (Thursday) at 9pm on ITV.
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