Shirley Ballas requires scans on her organs after a doctor was ‘mortified’ at her test results

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‘I have the highest testosterone levels she’s ever seen in a woman’: Shirley Ballas requires urgent scans on all of her organs after a doctor was ‘mortified’ by her test results

  • The Strictly Come Dancing head judge, 61, will be undergoing the scans at King College Hospital, London 
  • Doctors flagged concern about her high testosterone levels, with one finding them to be ‘the highest she’s seen in a female’
  • Shirley reassured that she doesn’t have enough information yet but will keep fans updated 
  • Doctors were initially searching for suspected lump in her armpit after concerned fans noticed it on Strictly earlier this month
  • Latest Strictly Come Dancing 2021 news on Series 30 judges, dancers and contestants here


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Shirley Ballas requires urgent scans on all of her organs after doctors flagged their concern about her high hormone levels.

Doctors were initially searching for suspected lump in the 61-year-old’s armpit, something she detailed on her Instagram platform, but one found her testosterone levels to be ‘the highest she’s seen in a female.’

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The head Strictly Come Dancing judge admitted that her health woes can send her down a ‘dark route’ but she is trying to take one day at a time.  

Keeping positive: Shirley Ballas requires urgent scans on all of her organs after a doctor was 'mortified' by her test results

Keeping positive: Shirley Ballas requires urgent scans on all of her organs after a doctor was ‘mortified’ by her test results

Explaining how she doesn’t have enough information yet, the ballroom dancer told The Sun on Sunday: ‘She [the doctor] won’t speculate on what the cause is. She just says, “We need to deal with this. Let’s deal with the hormones and then see what else is there.”‘

The optimistic star reassured that she would be able to let everyone know what is going on once the scans – taking place at King’s College Hospital, London – are complete. 

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Earlier on this month, Shirley expressed her gratitude to Strictly fans who reached out with their concerns after they spotted a lump under her arm when she was judging on the BBC show. 

Strong: The head Strictly Come Dancing judge admitted that her health woes can send her down a 'dark route' but she is trying to take one day at a time

Strong: The head Strictly Come Dancing judge admitted that her health woes can send her down a ‘dark route’ but she is trying to take one day at a time

‘With a warm heart and sincere gratitude, I want to thank each and every one of them for caring enough to send the messages, for taking up their precious time to be concerned about my health,’ she said. 

In other candid moments during the interview, the Queen Of Latin detailed how, despite keeping busy, there are moments where she struggles with the difficult days. 

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‘I do feel a little bit dark and lonely, and I do tend to worry,’ she admitted.  

Thankful: Earlier on this month, Shirley expressed her gratitude to Strictly fans who reached out with their concerns after they spotted a lump under her arm when she was judging

Thankful: Earlier on this month, Shirley expressed her gratitude to Strictly fans who reached out with their concerns after they spotted a lump under her arm when she was judging

The support from worried fans could not come at a more poignant time for the ballroom star, who said there are some days where ‘she just wants to go back to bed.’

This is not the first instance where Shirley has suffered a cancer scare. She had a colonoscopy years prior, when cancerous cells were found in her bowel. 

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In 2018, she was sent for an ultrasound and mammogram following a breast cancer scare. And most recently, she got a growth on her shoulder checked out – which wasn’t benign, but requires a removal.  

Three years ago, her mother Audrey was diagnosed with colon cancer and will soon be moving in with Shirley at her London home. 

Despite the tough cards she has been dealt, Shirley said she is trying ‘to make light’ of her health situation and noted how ‘wonderful it is to be cared about by the public.’ 

Upbeat: Despite the tough cards she has been dealt, Shirley said she is trying 'to make light' of her health situation and noted how 'wonderful it is to be cared about by the public'

Upbeat: Despite the tough cards she has been dealt, Shirley said she is trying ‘to make light’ of her health situation and noted how ‘wonderful it is to be cared about by the public’

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WOMEN AND TESTOSTERONE

What does the hormone do for a woman?  

• Testosterone helps a person maintain bone mass, generate new blood cells,      maintain libido, and regulate mood

• The combined effect of testosterone and estrogen assists with the growth,         repair, and maintenance of female reproductive tissues 

What are the symptoms of high testosterone?  

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• Acne

• Excess facial, chest, back, or other body hair

• Thinning hair

• Irregular periods

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• Mood swings

Treatment

• Dependent on what’s causing the high testosterone

• Typically, a health care provider will recommend lifestyle changes, including    dietary changes, for more sustained results

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• They may also recommend medication or treatment to control symptoms,        such as unwanted hair or acne

Source: Flo Health 

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