Strictly breaks silence on Amy Dowden's cancer battle after she begged doctors for a quick return to the dancefloor | The Sun

STRICTLY Come Dancing bosses have broken their silence on Amy Dowden's cancer battle.

They spoke out after Amy Dowden, 32, revealed she'd begged doctors for a quick return to the dancefloor, refusing to rule out a return to this year's series.

Sarah James, the show's executive producer, said: “Amy is an exceptional person, both on and off the dance floor, and is adored by her entire Strictly Come Dancing family.

"Everyone on the show is sending Amy all our love and she knows that we are all here to support her, whenever she needs us.”

The 32-year-old was last week diagnosed with aggressive grade three breast cancer.

Within moments of being given the devastating test results, fiercely brave performer Amy asked the doctor: "How long until I’m back on the dance floor?'" 


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The professional dancer had been told her lump was "suspicious" and to "prepare for the worst" before being results revealed it was breast cancer.

She now has to wait for an MRI and biopsy before discovering what stage the cancer is at and her treatment plan.

Amy's told she will definitely have to have surgery, but she insisted: "I'm determined to get back on that dance floor before you know it."

Amy says she wants to remain as positive as possible after doctors claimed they've caught it early.

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The 32-year-old joined the hit dance show fronted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman in 2017.

Two years later she was a finalist with TV presenter Karim Zaeroual.

She has also had celebrity dance partners including Tom Fletcher, JJ Chalmers and James Bye.

Her fellow Strictly stars have been sharing messages of support in the aftermath of her diagnosis.

The Welsh star is also being supported by her dance partner husband Ben Jones who she wed in July last year.

Amy has previously spoken out about her life battle with Crohn's – a chronic bowel condition.

Despite being diagnosed as a child, she kept her battle secret until 2019 when she first opened up about the disease.

The Welsh dancer spoke about the illness in a 2020 documentary, Strictly Amy: Crohn's and Me, following her frequent hospital trips during the pandemic.

The condition causes severe inflammation and ulcers in the digestive system and has landed her in hospital more than 100 times in severe pain.

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It is one of the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease – the other is a condition known as Ulcerative Colitis.

Common symptoms include recurring diarrhoea, abdominal pain and cramping – usually worse after eating and extreme tiredness.

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