Get your Zumba on to beat breast cancer
Think you could beat us in a dance-off? You wouldn’t have to try that hard, if we’re honest. But how about beating cancer? Michelle Heaton is one woman who could definitely do both: the Liberty X star had a double mastectomy last year to reduce her chances of developing breast cancer after learning she had inherited the BRCA1 gene, which can increase the risk of breast cancer by as much as 80 percent.
Now Michelle, who is also a qualified fitness instructor, is fronting the Zumba Party In Pink initiative during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a bid to help others overcome the disease. “Each year thousands of women are affected by breast cancer in some way and this campaign has created a really fun and positive way to raise awareness and funds to help prevent the disease,” she says. “Going to Zumba is an amazing way to lift your mood, the music is so infectious you forget you’re even exercising!”
As part of the campaign Michelle will be travelling to cities across the UK to take part in Zumbathons, raising money for the Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention. This year’s funds will go towards research into lignans, found in flaxseed, which may help treat and prevent cancers. And since a survey carried out last month shows that Londoners think they’re better dancers than anyone else in the UK, we’ll see you on the dancefloor.