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Sarah-Jane Crawford reveals cancer scare changed her life

CANCER SCARE: Radio presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford

RADIO PRESENTER host Sarah-Jane Crawford has revealed how a breast cancer scare changed her outlook on life.

In the week she auditioned to become the next Xtra Factor host, the 33-year-old BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ revealed how she was secretly battling health concerns.

The London-born presenter, who lives in Kent with her actor boyfriend Ross Harland, is now urging other women to regularly check their breasts for changes and to make sure they look after their bodies.

"My breast cancer scare changed my outlook on life," she told The Daily Mail's Femail.

"It definitely reminded me that as humans we are not infallible and that we need to take good care of ourselves more and more as the years roll by."

In April 2014, Crawford visited her GP after discovering a lump in her right breast.

She was referred for a scan and needle biopsy after being told it might be a papilloma - a wart-like growth inside one of the ducts of the breast - which could prove a problem in the future.

Doctors recommended that she have the lump removed as soon as possible.

After having the operation, health conscious Crawford began working on The Xtra Factor and decided to overhaul her lifestyle.

Following her breast cancer scare Crawford is now much more focused on looking after herself from the inside.

She has sought the help of a nutritionist telling Femail: "I'm certainly much more aware of the right and wrong things to do.

"For example, I'd always shop organic these days as I don't want to absorb as many toxins as I used to since that can lead to oestrogen levels rising and therefore you may be more prone to lumps and bumps."

The music-lover has friends who have had breast cancer and her scare has made her realise the importance of self-examination.

"It also made me realise that I'm not immune to something like breast cancer so I need to keep on top of checking up on myself," Crawford added.

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