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Julia Bradbury, 51, has given her 133,000 Instagram followers an update on her breast cancer battle after undergoing surgery.

The former Countryfile presenter shared a selfie from her hospital bed following her mastectomy.

The brave star could be seen smiling for the camera while wearing a polkadot pyjama shirt, which revealed the scar across her chest from the operation.

She wrote alongside it: “I’m out of surgery. These will be my new companions for the coming weeks & months. 

“I need a drain to channel surplus blood from the surgery & I have to wear a special post- breast surgery/mastectomy designed bra for the next 6 weeks to protect my upper body post-op. (This one is by @theyahealthcare – made of bamboo fibres).

“I’ve now joined a sadly ever- growing club. Around 18,000 mastectomies are performed on the NHS in England every year. That’s up 50% in the past 10 years. (Roughly 100,000 women have a mastectomy in the U.S. every year.) 

“Since the 90’s breast carcinoma in situ (the type of cancer I was diagnosed with) has tripled in women & doubled in men.

“One person every 10 minutes gets diagnosed with breast cancer.”

Detailing her emotions over the operation, Julia added: “I feel relief that the operation is over. The anxiety leading up to it was overwhelming. 

“I feel sad that such a brutal treatment is necessary in so many breast cancer cases, but I choose life. 

“I will do anything I can to live to see my children grow up & if this was happening to any other member of my family, or them, I would swap places in a heartbeat.

“I will follow Walt Whitman’s advice: ‘Keep your face always toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.’

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