Emmerdale star Natalie J Robb reveals breast cancer scare

Natalie J. Robb had a breast cancer scare last year credit:Bang Showbiz
Natalie J. Robb had a breast cancer scare last year credit:Bang Showbiz

Natalie J. Robb suffered a breast cancer scare last year.

The 49-year-old actress plays Moira Barton in ITV1 soap 'Emmerdale', and amid a storyline which has seen Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) diagnosed with the disease, Natalie told how she found a lump in 2023.

She has now urged others to keep checking their breasts.

Speaking on a behind-the-scenes 'Emmerdale' segment shown on ITV's 'Lorraine', she said: "Like myself, I had a scare last year. I found a lump in my right breast and when I went in to see the doctor, he said he was more concerned about the one on my left.

"I had absolutely no idea! Even though you're feeling for things, you're not really sure how to do it properly. So that's why it's so, so important.

"Luckily for me, they were benign. Be aware and check the boobies!"

Meanwhile, her co-star Lisa Riley - who stars as barmaid Mandy Dingle on the soap - also reminded viewers they need to be vigilant, because she lost her own mum Cath to the disease in 2012.

She said: "What's so important about is storyline is how early Chas found the lump, thanks to Dr. Liam.

"Me, personally, in my own family, my mum was an ostrich - she put her head in the sand. She thought it was something that would go away. It won't go away, and you can't be like that.

"My mum wasn't that lucky. That's testament to why we're doing what we're doing.

"I just hope that it's gonna make more awareness, people are talking more and women are not afraid to check themselves. By checking yourself, you're gonna save your own life!"