15/08/2012 06:12 BST

Michelle Heaton Considering Double Mastectomy After Being Told She Has 80% Chance Of Contracting Cancer

Michelle Heaton has revealed she is considering having a double mastectomy and her ovaries removed after finding out she has an 80% chance of contracting cancer.

The former Liberty X star was left devastated after being told the news she has the BRCA2 gene, which increases the chances of contracting cancer.

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She is now weighing up whether or not to undergo the procedures to lower the likelihood of being diagnosed with the disease.

In an interview with OK magazine, Michelle said: "I have an 80% chance of getting ovarian cancer or breast cancer - and that's on top of everybody else's one-in-three chance.

"I've got to have an operation and we've got some decisions to make - whether I should have a double mastectomy and if I should have my ovaries removed to reduce the risks. We're going to have some counselling sessions before we make our minds up. I've got my first mammogram soon."

Michelle - who gave birth to her first child in January - later took to Twitter to thank fans for their support following the publication of the interview.

"There is so much love and great advice coming my way from you all.. I really really appreciate it . I promise I do read u all. Some of your stories are heart wrenching and inspirational.. I'm off for counselling today & some advice into the operations. Big love.x," she tweeted.

The news comes after the star was hospitalised last week after a long-term problem with her heart flared up again.

Speaking about her health scares on Twitter, she added: "I have the most amazing husband in the world @hughhanley - I can't pick faith up 4 a week due 2the operation & Hugh has been there 4 us both."

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Michelle and her husband Hugh Hanley

She continued: "The shoot with @OK_Magazine this week reveals something I've been living with for a couple a months.

"Along with the events of the last few days it's been a very tough couple of months. I am blessed to have such a wonderful family and amazing friends in this difficult time.

"They say things come in three's.. Let's hope not. Two potential life altering issues is enough thank u very much...this week I have tests and investigations into the cancer gene so i can make informative decisions on operations & family going forward."