Strictly the Real Full Monty: Line-Up REVEALED! Ola Jordan and husband James join Christine McGuinness and a host of stars stripping off to promote life-saving cancer checks
- Ola Jordan, 39, and husband James, 43, will join Christine McGuinness, 33, and a host of stars stripping off to promote life-saving cancer checks this Christmas
- The class of 2021 hitting the dance floor this year also includes Love Island favourites Demi Jones, 23 – who is battling thyroid cancer – and Teddy Soares, 26
- Blue singer Duncan James, 43, will be revealing all alongside Olympian Colin Jackson, 54, and EastEnders actress Laila Morse, 76
- Loose Women star Brenda Edwards, 52, and Homes Under the Hammer presenter Martin Roberts, 58, complete the Strictly the Real Full Monty line-up
The line-up for Strictly the Real Full Monty has been confirmed, with Ola Jordan, 39, and husband James, 43, joining Christine McGuinness, 33, and a host of stars stripping off to promote life-saving cancer checks this Christmas.
Ashley Banjo will be leading a brand-new cohort of brave celebrities, ready to take the famous Full Monty strip to a whole new level.
The class of 2021 hitting the dance floor this year also includes Love Island favourites Demi Jones, 23 – who is battling thyroid cancer – and Teddy Soares, 26, as well as Blue singer Duncan James, 43.
They will be revealing all alongside Olympian Colin Jackson, 54, EastEnders actress Laila Morse, 76, Loose Women star Brenda Edwards, 52, and Homes Under the Hammer presenter Martin Roberts, 58.
REVEALED: The line-up for Strictly the Real Full Monty has been confirmed, with Ola Jordan, 39, and husband James, 43, leading the stars stripping off (Pictured in September 2017)
The nervous new recruits will be baring all to raise awareness of cancer checks, whilst bringing old school glitz and glamour to the all-new supersized strip.
As always with The Real Full Monty, the celebrities taking on the challenge all have stories to tell about how cancer has touched the lives of themselves or those closest to them.
Speaking to The Sun about taking part in the show, James Jordan – whose father Allan died after a battle with a brain tumour in March – said: ‘The Real Full Monty is such an important show for raising awareness of cancer which, sadly, took my Dad this year.
Christine McGuinness: The dancing couple will be joining Christine McGuinness, 33, and a host of celebrities baring all to promote life-saving cancer checks this Christmas
Demi Jones: The class of 2021 hitting the dance floor this year also includes Love Island favourite Demi Jones, 23 – who is battling thyroid cancer (Pictured in 2020)
Teddy Soares: Love Island hunk Teddy Soares will also take part in Strictly the Real Full Monty
Duncan James: Blue singer Duncan James, 43, is also confirmed to be on the line-up as well as Olympian Colin Jackson, 54
Laila Morse: EastEnders actress Laila Morse, 76 – famous for playing Mo Harris in the BBC soap – will be stripping off for the ITV show (Pictured in 2018)
‘So when they asked me to take part, although I was dubious to get my kit off, I knew it was for a good cause. Ola’s support has been incredible throughout this whole experience.
‘So to have her by my side for the show and to be able to dance with her again in the Empress Ballroom at Blackpool after 15 years will be incredibly emotional and I know my Dad will be watching with pride as we dance in his honour.’
Christine McGuinness’ mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last September. But, Joanne is thankfully now in remission.
Just a few months ago, the former beauty pageant winner told fans that her BRCA (breast cancer gene) test has returned negative.
Brenda Edwards: Loose Women star Brenda Edwards, 52, is on the star-studded line-up
Martin Roberts: Finishing the line-up is Homes Under the Hammer host Martin Roberts, 58 (Pictured in 2018)
Christine admitted to OK! that the testing process was straightforward and simple, explaining: ‘It’s sent in the post – it’s just a saliva test and really quick,’ adding that results are sent directly to your GP.
Christine also revealed to the publication that if she had tested positive for the gene she would have considered ‘a full mastectomy and breast reconstruction to make sure she’s around for as long as possible for the children’.
She added that upon hearing the news of her negative test, husband Paddy gave her ‘a huge hug’ and said he was ‘really, really pleased’.
Of her mother’s battle with the disease, Christine explained that she ‘found a lump during lockdown’ and was then diagnosed with HER2-positive aggressive breast cancer.
Heartbreaking: James Jordan’ father Allan died after a battle with a brain tumour in March (pictured together)
Brave: Christine McGuinness’ mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last September. But, Joanne (pictured) is thankfully now in remission
Demi Jones was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in May, after discovering a lump in her neck the month prior.
The Love Island star has already had multiple surgeries after doctors found a golf ball sized tumour in her neck. She will find out if she is cancer-free at the end of the year.
Thyroid cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects the thyroid, a small gland at the base of the neck that produces hormones.
Olympic athlete Colin Jackson has previously revealed that his uncle died from prostate cancer, while another uncle who caught the disease early, was given the all-clear after treatment.
In 2015, he told Victoria Derbyshire: ‘My uncle Ronnie, in Jamaica, died from prostate cancer more than 10 years ago having not wanted to tell anyone about it. He wouldn’t go to see a doctor.
Cancer: Reality star Demi Jones has already had multiple surgeries after doctors found a golf ball sized tumour in her neck. She will find out if she is cancer-free at the end of the year
‘But my uncle Tony – who lives in the UK and is in his 60s – sought treatment early when he developed it six years ago, and has now been given the all-clear.’
Colin has been keen to highlight the risk of prostate cancer, particularly among black men, insisting at the time: ‘I don’t think men are aware of the statistics, the message just isn’t out there.
‘As an athlete I was paranoid – and still am – about the slightest pimple that appeared on me and would shoot straight to the doctor.
‘But I know from very good personal and anecdotal evidence that black guys simply don’t want to visit the doctor, often because they would rather not know that there is anything wrong – which is just crazy. We need to increase the fear factor.’
Family matters: Colin Jackson has previously revealed that an uncle died from prostate cancer, while another uncle who caught the disease early, was given the all-clear after treatment (Pictured in 2002)
Eastenders’ Laila Morse is a breast cancer survivor and previously credited her late co-star Wendy Richard for saving her life, by urging her to visit her doctor when she discovered a lump in her breast.
Laila previously told The Sun: ‘Wendy rang and asked if I’d been to the doctors. I told her I had and she asked me what they’d said.
‘I told her it was just a mammary gland and nothing to worry about. It was a lie. I hadn’t been. I knew from the tone of her voice that Wendy didn’t believe me.’
Grateful: Laila Morse is a breast cancer survivor and previously credited her late EastEnders co-star Wendy Richard for saving her life, by urging her to visit her doctor (Pictured in 2009)
She was later having a blood pressure check and couldn’t get Wendy’s words out her head, and so told the doctor about the lump.
Laila was then diagnosed with cancer and had a the lump removed as further treatment. Her disease eventually went into full remission. Wendy died in 2009 at the age of 65 from a third bout of aggressive breast cancer.
Laila added: ‘If it hadn’t been for Wendy, more than likely I wouldn’t have done anything. It’s thanks to her I’m here. I would have just brushed it off but she wouldn’t let me.’
Survivor: Brenda Edwards was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2016, while starring in Hairspray the Musical
Brenda Edwards was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2016, while starring in Hairspray the Musical.
The Loose Women star, who has been cancer-free for five years, had a mastectomy followed by a breast reconstruction, with tissue and skin from her stomach being made to make a new breast and belly button.
She has previously said on Loose Women: ‘I’m really grateful that my body got me through the cancer, this is my body and I’m embracing me as much as I can.’
MailOnline has contacted Teddy Soares, Duncan James and Martin Roberts’ representatives for comment.
Taking the lead: Presenter, choreographer and mentor Ashley Banjo will support the anxious stars as they take on a completely new twist in front of a screaming audience in Blackpool
Presenter, choreographer and mentor Ashley Banjo will support the anxious stars as they take on a completely new twist in front of a screaming audience in Blackpool.
Ashley Banjo said: ‘I’m so excited to be working with a new brilliant, bold and brave line-up of celebrities for Strictly the Real Full Monty.
‘It’s going to be our biggest musical dance extravaganza yet and we are determined to get the message out there that early cancer checks in intimate areas save lives. So don’t forget to check your bits and baubles this Christmas!’
ITV Factual Commissioner Kate Teckman said: ‘This year we’re bringing our message with a bang by adding a huge dose of sequins, sparkles, sambas and salsas to the strip.
‘They’ll also be star guest performances and stunning solos so hold onto your mirror balls – this is strictly the most ambitious Full Monty yet!’
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and affects more than two MILLION women a year
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Each year in the UK there are more than 55,000 new cases, and the disease claims the lives of 11,500 women. In the US, it strikes 266,000 each year and kills 40,000. But what causes it and how can it be treated?
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer develops from a cancerous cell which develops in the lining of a duct or lobule in one of the breasts.
When the breast cancer has spread into surrounding breast tissue it is called an ‘invasive’ breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with ‘carcinoma in situ’, where no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.
Most cases develop in women over the age of 50 but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men though this is rare.
Staging means how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Stage 1 is the earliest stage and stage 4 means the cancer has spread to another part of the body.
The cancerous cells are graded from low, which means a slow growth, to high, which is fast growing. High grade cancers are more likely to come back after they have first been treated.
What causes breast cancer?
A cancerous tumour starts from one abnormal cell. The exact reason why a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. It is thought that something damages or alters certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiply ‘out of control’.
Although breast cancer can develop for no apparent reason, there are some risk factors that can increase the chance of developing breast cancer, such as genetics.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
The usual first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps are not cancerous and are fluid filled cysts, which are benign.
The first place that breast cancer usually spreads to is the lymph nodes in the armpit. If this occurs you will develop a swelling or lump in an armpit.
How is breast cancer diagnosed?
- Initial assessment: A doctor examines the breasts and armpits. They may do tests such as a mammography, a special x-ray of the breast tissue which can indicate the possibility of tumours.
- Biopsy: A biopsy is when a small sample of tissue is removed from a part of the body. The sample is then examined under the microscope to look for abnormal cells. The sample can confirm or rule out cancer.
If you are confirmed to have breast cancer, further tests may be needed to assess if it has spread. For example, blood tests, an ultrasound scan of the liver or a chest x-ray.
How is breast cancer treated?
Treatment options which may be considered include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone treatment. Often a combination of two or more of these treatments are used.
- Surgery: Breast-conserving surgery or the removal of the affected breast depending on the size of the tumour.
- Radiotherapy: A treatment which uses high energy beams of radiation focussed on cancerous tissue. This kills cancer cells, or stops cancer cells from multiplying. It is mainly used in addition to surgery.
- Chemotherapy: A treatment of cancer by using anti-cancer drugs which kill cancer cells, or stop them from multiplying
- Hormone treatments: Some types of breast cancer are affected by the ‘female’ hormone oestrogen, which can stimulate the cancer cells to divide and multiply. Treatments which reduce the level of these hormones, or prevent them from working, are commonly used in people with breast cancer.
How successful is treatment?
The outlook is best in those who are diagnosed when the cancer is still small, and has not spread. Surgical removal of a tumour in an early stage may then give a good chance of cure.
The routine mammography offered to women between the ages of 50 and 70 mean more breast cancers are being diagnosed and treated at an early stage.
For more information visit breastcancercare.org.uk, breastcancernow.org or www.cancerhelp.org.uk
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