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Brenda Edwards has admitted she feels nervous about showing her mastectomy scars from her cancer treatment when she strips for Strictly The Real Full Monty.
The Loose Women star is taking part in the annual ITV event which sees celebrities perform a strip tease to raise awareness of different types of cancer, all with their own personal link to the disease.
Edwards said it was the first time she would ever have shown her scarring as she told New! magazine: "(I feel) nervous, because I have never shown my breast and mastectomy scars.
"A lot of people think because I have a big voice and big personality that I’m strong, but showing that vulnerability is scary. And I’m always worried about what people will think of me. When you think about 3,000 people sitting there watching, that’s quite frightening."
The former X Factor contestant, 52, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2015 and had a mastectomy as part of her treatment, but is now taking part in the show to celebrate five years of being cancer free.
Edwards added that she had also worried what her aunt might think and had cleared the appearance with her first.
She said: "I was raised Pentecostal, in the church environment, from the age of four when my parents died to the age of 18-19, so I’ve lived a very sheltered life. Showing your body is not the thing to do. But my aunt gave me her blessing and she knows I’m doing it to raise awareness for other people."
The celebrities' routines will be choreographed, as usual, by Ashley Banjo and this year will include a Strictly Come Dancing twist.
Other celebrities taking part are Laila Morse, James and Ola Jordan, Duncan James, Christine McGuinness, Colin Jackson, Martin Roberts, Teddy Soares and Demi Jones.
Strictly The Real Full Monty airs on Monday at 9pm on ITV.
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