Love Island star Demi Jones has recently been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
The reality TV personality, 22, opened up on her battle during a candid video shared on her Instagram page a week ago following tests being done in April, after becoming concerned about a lump in her neck.
She has since had a golf-ball-sized tumour removed from the area and is undergoing further treatment to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
And now, the brave beauty – who rose to fame on Winter Love Island 2020 – has told that she had six medical appointments cancelled within the seven months before her diagnosis.
Demi explained how she was unable to see a specialist due to the coronavirus pandemic and also adds that when she did eventually see a medical professional that she was told she had nothing to worry about as her test results came back all clear.
“They referred me straight away, but every time an appointment came through for another scan and blood test it was cancelled,” Demi told The Sun.
Demi pushed for more tests after being told she was fine due to her stepdad’s cancer battle.
The star’s stepfather Adrian was 46 when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma and given months to live.
18-months before his results, he found a lump on his ear, which he thought was skin cancer, but had struggled to get a referral to a specialist.
Demi shared how Adrian’s experience made her push for more testing.
“They were about to send me away, but all I could think of was that they did that to Dad,” she added to the outlet.
“It was only when they scanned his full body that they found cancer in his chest. So I asked if there were any more tests they could do.”
Thyroid cancer is a rare form of cancer affecting the thyroid gland which is at the base of your neck.
Last week, Demi told her fans: “Hi guys, I got my results today and unfortunately I have thyroid cancer.
“The tumour has been removed but I’m now due to have more surgery to remove the rest of my thyroid.”
However, the redhead remained positive in the wake of the diagnosis as she told fans she is a “strong girl”.
She added: “I’m staying very positive and I’m a strong girl so I’ll be fine, thank you for your love and support always. I’ll bounce back stronger.”
Her moving note was shared with a brochure about understanding thyroid cancer.
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Demi encouraged her fans to get checked out. “Check your lumps,” she wrote.
She previously said: “The lump on my thyroid was as big as a golf ball. The NHS staff at the QA Portsmouth have been unbelievable.
“And thank you for all your messages they have made me tearful.”
If you have any questions or concerns about cancer, the Macmillan Support Line is open every day from 8am-8pm on 0808 808 00 00. Further information and support is available online at macmillan.org.uk including peer-to-peer support on the Online Community.