New mum, 30, discovers cancerous lump on breast while feeding baby son

A 30-year-old mum who discovered a lump when she was breastfeeding her new son, couldn’t believe it when doctors confirmed it was cancer.

Amy Palmer made the shocking discovery of the lump on her breast while feeding her five-month-old son Lenny, just like Coronation Street actress Victoria Ekanoye.

While doctors initially said it was likely to be a blocked milk duct, further tests confirmed her worst fears – she had breast cancer.

The mum has since beaten the disease and is now speaking out in support of ex-Corrie star Victoria – who played Angie Appleton – and recently found a lump in the same way.

“If I could say one thing to Victoria, I’d just tell her to keep going,” Amy said.

“Her baby boy will give her the fight to get through this little hurdle in life, just like my baby boy did for me.

“I’d tell Victoria to talk to people and not feel like she has to be strong for everyone else – she needs to put herself first!

“I found it really hard to ask for help but I had to – I felt like I was failing my family, but now I know I was doing everything to be there for my family and for our future.”

Amy said she and her husband Colin watch Coronation Street “religiously” and watched Victoria’s entire stint on the show.

“She played a really good part and was a much loved character,” Amy added.

“Although we were sad when she left the soap, it does mean she can now concentrate on herself and on this next journey that she’s about to fight!”

Amy said that every time someone was diagnosed, she immediately feels for them, as she knows how hard the journey ahead is.

“I just hope Victoria gets the support she needs!” she said.

Amy was breastfeeding her five month-old-son Lenny in 2019 when she discovered the lump in her breast and immediately went to the doctor to have it checked out.

Both Amy and her husband Colin burst out in tears upon finding out the lump was cancerous, and the news left her family and friends devastated.

She underwent several bouts of intensive treatment, including a lumpectomy, six rounds of chemotherapy and 18 rounds of radiotherapy.

Now two years later, she’s beaten the disease and has voiced her support for soap actress Victoria Ekanoye, who recently revealed she has breast cancer.

Just like Amy, actress Victoria, who appeared on Coronation Street between 2017 and 2019, discovered a lump in her breast whilst feeding her 11-month-old son Theo earlier this year.

Speaking to OK! magazine about her cancer battle, the soap star said she first noticed the small lump protruding at the top of her left breast back in July.

“My mum had breast cancer at 41, and her sister at 39 – so many people in my family, in fact. So I don’t really leave any time before I check these things…

“I was diagnosed on October 13 with DCIS, which is Ductal carcinoma in situ. It basically means that cells have turned cancerous within the milk ducts.

“We’re being really optimistic, and positive, and really lucky that we’ve caught it as early as we have. I don’t know if lucky is the right word, but that’s how I feel.”

Since beating the disease, Amy, who lives in Paignton, Devon, with husband Colin and her two young children Lenny, now three, and Frankie, six, has been encouraging women to check their breasts.

In the UK, women aged 50 to 71 are invited for NHS breast screenings every three years, but Amy believes the age of mammogram testing should be lowered.

Amy has also made a bucket list of things she wants to do, including taking part in the Disney Princess ‘Run to the Magic’ race, doing a skydive, entering the London Marathon and visiting New York.

“You never think anything like this is going to happen to you, until it does. It hit my husband really hard. It was a shock, just a complete shock,” she said.

“I don’t know why the starting age [for mammogram testing] is so low, as my case proves this happens to people of all ages. I’d like to see anyone over the age of 18 offered screenings.

“Since my diagnosis, I’ve seen women in their 20s diagnosed with breast cancer. Screening early could only save lives.

“My cancer seems like a bit of a dream now – it’s hard to believe I went through it all.

“I’ve had so many people come forward asking for advice on a lump or how to check themselves with some even being diagnosed afterwards, so I’m pleased that sharing my journey has helped to raise awareness.”