Susanna Reid: I was expecting mammogram experience to be far, far worse

Susanna Reid revealed she had a “slightly stressful” experience attending her mammogram appointment.

The presenter, 52, detailed her scan on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain, weeks after saying how Sarah Ferguson’s breast cancer diagnosis was a “wake-up call” for her to make an appointment.

In June, the Duchess of York revealed she was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer which was detected during a routine mammogram screening and underwent a successful single mastectomy at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London.

Before Reid went on her summer break, the ITV star discussed overcoming several practical “hurdles” to book her appointment, after finally “getting around to it”.

Reid chatted about her mammogram experience with co-host Ed Balls (ITV)
Reid chatted about her mammogram experience with co-host Ed Balls (ITV)

In light of her “wake-up call”, Reid, 52, updated GMB viewers and her co-host Ed Balls on how her scan went.

She began: “I did go for mammogram that... do you remember we were talking about Sarah Ferguson and she had urged everybody to go and do it.

“I was really resistant to it and then there was a big a row, wasn’t there, that some health authorities weren’t sending regular reminders. I remembered that there had been a letter somewhere and so I did it.”

Balls, 56, asked how she found the experience, to which the ITV star admitted that she was left “slightly stressed” after leaving her phone in the car.

She said: “Do you know what? It was slightly stressful because our lovely editor Daniel drove me there and then I left my mobile phone in the car.

“And then I felt stressed because I didn’t have my mobile phone.

“Then I had to go up to someone else in the waiting room to ask them if I could possibly send an email from their mobile phone to the programme secretary to see if she could contact... anyway the point I was completely distracted,” she continued.

“Thank you Daniel for driving me to my mammogram. I went in the nurse was absolutely lovely.”

Reassuring those at home, Reid admitted she was surprised at how easy the appointment was as she urged others to not put off their scan like she had.

She concluded: “It wasn’t the least bit painful or uncomfortable – I was expecting it to be far, far worse. The results came within a few weeks, and it came all clear.”

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