Strictly Amy Dowden’s cancer diagnosis ‘massive shock to system’ says co-star

Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Tyler West has said Amy Dowden's cancer diagnosis is "massive shock to the system".

The Welsh professional dancer, 32, revealed she has breast cancer in an emotional statement on Wednesday (May 24).

She wrote in a statement posted on Instagram: "I've got some news which isn't easy to share.

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"I've recently been diagnosed with breast cancer but I am determined to get back on that dance floor before you know it. Welsh love Amy X."

Amy's announcement was addressed by Lorraine Kelly on her ITV talk show.

Lorraine sent Amy her love and also discussed her diagnosis with Tyler, who is Lorraine's showbiz correspondent.

He said: "Aims, she's a fighter, so inspirational and it's massive shock to the system this morning.

"No doubt she'll be powering through it."

Amy watched her mum suffer from cancer from a young age.

The dancer, who joined Strictly in 2017, told Hello!: "You just don't ever think it's going to happen to you.

"I hadn't thought it was possible to get breast cancer at my age.

"My mum has had breast cancer, but she had it at a later age, in her 50s."

She first discovered a lump in her right breast in April while on holiday with husband Ben in the Maldives.

When she returned form the trip, the star book in with her GP and was sent for an emergency referral before being diagnosed last week with grade 3 breast cancer.

Last June, Amy joined I'm A Celebrity winner Giovanna Fletcher on a charity hike in Pembrokeshire for CoppaFeel, a charity that encourages people to check their breasts and supports people with breast cancer.

During the hike Amy posted: "Would love any donation possible towards this fantastic charity which is very close to my heart after watching my mum and close friend battle with breast cancer."

Amy reached the Strictly final in 2019 with her celebrity partner TV presenter Karim Zeroual after partnering Brian Conley and Danny John-Jules in her first two series.

She has since partnered JJ Chalmers, Tom Fletcher, and last year, EastEnders actor James Bye.

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