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08th Dec 2023

Sabina Higgins gives positive update following breast cancer diagnosis

Kat O'Connor

Sabina Higgins praised the public for supporting her

Sabina Higgins has issued an update following her devastating breast cancer diagnosis.

Higgins revealed that she was being treated for breast cancer in November, but said the public’s support “contributed to my recovery”.

In a statement, she praised those who sent her such caring and supportive messages since she shared the news.

Sabina said she felt incredibly touched by the waves of support she had received.

She said the public has shown such kindness in recent months, but couldn’t possibly thank everyone individually.

“I would like to thank all those friends and members of the public who have shown such kindness in sending such lovely messages of goodwill and love for my healing.

She said she was incredibly grateful for all of the cards, flowers, prayers, and well-wishes that were sent during her treatment.

“I have no doubt that all those good vibrations contributed to my recovery,” Sabina said.

She took a moment to urge all women to ensure they’re conducting breast exams.

She said being aware of the symptoms and keeping up to date with your medical checks is so important.

“I am eternally grateful and full of admiration for all the wonderful medical personnel who gave me such successful breast care.”

Sabina also stressed that women over the age of 70 should be vigilant as the risk continues to increase with age.

“Please continue to be checked as regularly as possible,” she asked.

Breast cancer symptoms you should look out for

3,400 Irish women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, making it the most common type of cancer for women in the country.

The key symptom to look out for is a breast lump. If you notice changes to your breasts or find a lump then see your GP as soon as possible.

The HSE says 90% of breast lumps are non-cancerous but it is always important to get them checked out.

According to the HSE, you should visit your GP if:

  • a new lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast that was not there before
  • a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • bloodstained discharge from either of your nipples
  • a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
  • dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • a rash on or around your nipple
  • a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast