Former Dancing on Ice judge Ashley Roberts opens up about having to have pre-cancerous cells removed

Ashley Roberts has spoken out about her cervical cancer scare.

The former Pussycat Doll opened up about having to have multiple operations to have pre-cancerous cells removed from her cervix, calling the experience ‘scary’.

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Speaking to Star magazine, the blonde beauty said: ‘I’ve had pre-cancerous cells removed from my cervix and it’s scary.’

‘Fortunately doctors caught it early. I’ve had to have a few procedures, which is not comfortable or fun, but thank God I’m healthy now.’

‘I wake up every morning in gratitude for that. Health is wealth.’

And she added a warning, saying: ‘It can happen to any woman, no matter what race, sexuality or age you are.’

Ashley also revealed she needed three operations – ‘in 2008, 2009 and 2012’ before she got the all-clear, saying: ‘Thankfully I’ve been clear ever since. I make sure I have regular smear tests.’

She added: ‘I try my best to have a positive outlook because mental awareness is an important way to lead your life.’

The star  revealed she had supportive family and friend that had helped her through the tough experience, saying: ‘I’m thankful I have friends and family to help deal with it,’ she said.

She even revealed that it was her former Pussycat Dolls bandmate Kimberly Wyatt who took her to the hospital on the first occasion.

Speaking of the Pussycat Dolls, we were hoping that the band – whose hits included Stick Wit U – might reunite sometime soon, but Ashley recently put a dampener on those rumours by revealing she’s not heard anything.

‘I can tell you that I haven’t got a call, so that’s all I can really say,’ Ashley told Digital Spy.

‘I saw it more of a media kind of thing. I’ve always said never say never. I don’t know if it would happen, but I haven’t got any calls about doing it recently.’

Ashley is currently supporting Give Up Clothes for Good, a campaign between Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens and TK Maxx. The campaign encourages the public to donated unwanted clothes, accessories and homeware to TK Maxx stores. All the money raised by the campaign is used by Cancer Research Kids and Teens to fund research into childhood cancers.

Stephanie Wood