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Jenni Murray, 70, has really put her money where her mouth is, proving she’s living her life to to the full and pushing herself out of her (and probably everyone else’s) comfort zone. And after beating breast cancer – why not?
It’s only taking your bra off and flashing your one remaining breast!
But the former Radio 4 Woman’s Hour host has taken it to he next level; stripping on skates all in aid of cancer awareness.
Obviously a cause very close to her heart, Jenni had no symptoms at the time of her diagnosis, which meant encouraging others to check for cancer was all the more important.
Jenni found out she had breast cancer when she was 56-years-old and underwent a mastectomy in 2007.
But when she was asked to take part in ITV’s Emmy-award winning The Real Full Monty on Ice, which meant bearing all while on a set of skates, she decided to give it a go.
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Embracing the opportunity now, in a recent interview she admitted at first she wasn’t too keen on the idea.
She recalled: “I said, ‘Don’t be ridiculous! Of course not! I’m not baring my one remaining breast to the entire nation.’
“And then I thought about it. The Full Monty is probably my favourite film ever. I thought, ‘Come on, Jenni. You’ve been talking about breast cancer for donkey’s years.’
“The subject popped up very frequently on Woman’s Hour, with us always telling women to check their breasts. We had always been very open about it, urging them to get it treated if they found anything unusual.”
She noted that the sooner treatment is started, the better the chances of survival are.
“You can’t backtrack on that message,” she told Radio Times.
“So I put my money where my mouth was. It’s going to be fun.”
Not so hot on the idea of skating, Jenni giggled as she spoke about the stripping aspect: “It’s only taking your bra off and flashing your one remaining breast!”
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“You have to be gung ho about these things. I’ve had two children. I’ve had my hips replaced. I’ve had a mastectomy. I’ve had stomach surgery.
“I’ve had an operation on my left humerus, which I managed to break six years ago, slipping on a very icy step. My body has been exposed and dealt with on numerous occasions, and I can’t see the point of being shy about it.
“It’s a couple of seconds of taking your bra off. What’s the problem?”
Back for the fourth year running, actress Linda Lusardi, presenter and singer Coleen Nolan and Emmerdale’s Hayley Tamaddon will join Jenni on the ice.
Jenni’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times [RADIO TIMES]
Dr Zoe Williams from This Morning and Love Island star Shaughna Phillips are also among those taking part.
This year’s cast will all be led by Ashley Banjo and Coleen, who will put them through their paces for the biggest and most daring show yet, all to raise awareness of cancers in intimate areas of the body and the crucial importance of early self-checks to help save lives.
Jenni’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.
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