Shirley Ballas thanks Strictly fans on Lorraine for spotting the lump on her arm

Shirley Ballas has thanked Strictly Come Dancing fans and said she is "so grateful" to viewers after they spotted a lump underneath her arm.

Last year when the star appeared on the judging panel of the hit BBC dance show, several viewers reached out on social media after noticing a concerning lump under her arm

Appearing on Lorraine, Shirley admitted the experience was “extraordinary” and she was “truly grateful” to everyone who contacted her to point out the potential health risk.

Lorraine, 62, asked the 61-year-old professional dancer about the “amazing story” and her health now.

“Isn’t it extraordinary,” she began, “about Strictly as there was that amazing story where one of the viewers noticed you had a little blemish that they encouraged you to go and get it all checked out.”

Shirley admitted that she "lucky" to have such "kind" fans as she went to the doctors on their advice and they “found other things” that also needed attention.

She replied: “Well yes, it wasn’t one, but about nine different people who thought they had spotted this kind of lump under my arm.

“Then I went to the doctors to get it checked and then they found other things. My hormone levels were all off and then they were checking for various other things… I had a little thing on my leg which they had to take off and so on and so forth.”

The Strictly judge added that while social media can be a “harrowing place”, her followers really “watch out for you” and she can “only be grateful to the fans” that pointed out the lump.

“I can only be grateful to the fans,” Shirley continued, “sometimes social media can be such a harrowing place to be on and sometimes it can be magnificent.

“I have to say the fans that are on my social media are really kind, they say what they think don’t get me wrong, but they watch out for you and for that I thank them all, I’m truly grateful.”

Lorraine agreed that the vigilance of her followers was “incredible” how they “spotted it and cared enough to tell you and were worried about you.”

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