Julia Bradbury shares kids’ reaction to cancer diagnosis as they ask to hug her

Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury has revealed she has breast cancer at age 51 and will undergo a mastectomy next month

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Julia Bradbury has shared her children’s heartbreaking reaction to the news that she has cancer.

The Countryfile star revealed she is due to undergo a mastectomy next month to remove a six-inch tumor from her left breast.

She broke the news of her devastating diagnosis to her children Zeph, 10, and six-year-old twins Zena and Xanthe last week.

“They were okay. I told them to ask what they want… how honest can you be with children without scaring them?” she told the Mail on Sunday.

The 51-year-old said her daughter Xanthe asked, “Mommy can I still hug you?”

“I said, ‘Yeah honey, I need your hugs more than ever.'”

Julia Bradbury has revealed she has breast cancer at age 51 (


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Julia shared the news to her three children, who she shares with husband Gerard Cunningham, as she walked through their garden at home.

She used the “living example” of her own parents, who have both survived cancer, as a promise that things would be fine too.

Doctors caught the cancer early, giving the mother of three the best chance of survival.

During the surgery, they will also take tissue from her lymph nodes to check if the disease has spread to other parts of her body.

At this stage, they are convinced that this is not the case. This means that despite the tumor being a significant size, it may not require chemotherapy.

Brave Julia said: “It’s pretty good on the cancer scale. But as with all tumors, you never know until you’re in it.”

She needs their hugs now more than ever

Before hearing the news that it was cancer and undergoing “many biopsies,” the TV host said all she could think about were her children.

She said a mastectomy is a “crushing” thing to go through “but it means I’m going to live and be here for my kids”.

“As it is now, I’m going to lose my chest. I trust that one day I will look down on it and think that this was the fight of my life and that I have the ultimate battle scar to prove it.”

Julia said she was “crying so hard” when she learned of the tragic death of Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding, who was just 39 years old, earlier this month.

She now urges other women to check their breasts regularly and has become an ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Action.

Julia is a familiar face in travel programs for ITV (


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In an Instagram post, Julia wrote: “This is not something I expected to share with all of you.

“In the past few weeks I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I urgently need surgery. I’ll share what I can with you, but I’m sure you understand that I need to focus on my family and treatment, so I won’t be able to respond and participate as much as I usually do.

“Check yourself regularly and if you have unexplained pain, tenderness or lumps, ask for checkups and follow-ups. And ask for a second opinion if you’re not happy.

“I hope that by reading this, other women will have the confidence to keep checking up on their doctors and talking to them, especially if they feel like something isn’t quite right.”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and about 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. There is a good chance of recovery if detected early.

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