Julia Bradbury has praised other women for coming forward after she shared her breast cancer diagnosis.

The former Countryfile presenter, 51, last week revealed the sad news that she is battling breast cancer, and said she would have a mastectomy next month in order to remove a six centimetre tumour.

Since revealing her news, she has been pleased that she has been able to raise awareness.

Taking to Twitter, Julia said: "So many women have told me they've checked themselves/seen their GP since hearing my diagnosis.

"Awareness is essential. See surgeon @Liz_ORiordan brilliant advice on how to check yourself properly & share some joy with your friends if you've been diagnosed."

Since revealing her news, she has been pleased that she has been able to raise awareness (

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Last week, Julia said she told her children Zeph, ten, and twins Zena and Xanthe, six, about the heartbreaking diagnosis before she went public with her sad news.

During her operation surgeons will take tissue from her lymph nodes to establish whether the disease has spread to other parts of her body.

The diagnosis came after a mammogram she booked in July on an annual recall, having last year found a lump which proved to be a cluster of benign micro-cysts.

While her tumour was described as "sizeable", doctors believe the cancer cells have not yet spread to the breast tissue, meaning she may not need to undergo chemotherapy.

She told the Mail on Sunday the disease was "arbitrary and unfair" but she hopes she has had the diagnosis early enough.

Sarah said: "It is quite good on the scale on cancers. But as with all tumours, until you are in there you never know.

Julia will have a mastectomy next month in order to remove a six centimetre tumour (

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"As it is I am going to lose my breast. I trust that one day I will look down on it and think that was the fight of my life and I have the ultimate battle scar to prove it."

She also urged other women to regularly check themselves for symptoms of breast cancer and not to be afraid to seek help.

"We must, must, must check ourselves and seek help," she said. "Being scared of a diagnosis could be the thing which kills you. So learn what to look for and check, check, check.

Julia said she is staying optimistic (

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"Doctors are experts but only you can press a lump, know how it feels and think you should do something about it."

Symptoms of breast cancer include a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts, discharge from either of your nipples, which may be streaked with blood, and a lump or swelling in either of your armpits.

Other symptoms include dimpling on the skin of your breasts, a rash on or around your nipple and a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast.

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