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Nicola Roberts shows off a glimpse of her toned midriff as she slips into a cropped black cardigan and grey jeans for shopping spree

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 2021-04-26

She knows how to show off her sartorial prowess while out and about.

And Nicola Roberts was sure to turn heads when she stepped out for a shopping spree in Regent Street, London, on Saturday.

The Girls Aloud star, 35, put on a casual display and showed off a glimpse oh her toned midriff in a black cardigan and grey high-waist jeans.

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Stylish: Nicola Roberts showed off a glimpse of her toned midriff as she slipped into a cropped black cardigan and grey jeans for shopping spree in London on Saturday

Nicola kept her look simple by stepping out in a pair of black ballet pumps, and she accessorised with a small handbag.

She styled her auburn locks into loose waves that cascaded over her shoulders and she balanced a pair of chic shades on top of her head.

The singer made sure to stay safe amid the coronavirus crisis and adhere to rules by wearing a white face mask as she went into the shops and out and about.

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Glamorous: Nicola kept her look simple by stepping out in a pair of black ballet pumps, and she accessorised with a small handbag
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Nicola's outing comes after her former bandmate Sarah Harding announced that she is battling aggressive breast cancer.

Sarah, 39, revealed she had been diagnosed with breast cancer that had subsequently spread to other parts of her body in August 2020.

She has since revealed that her cancer treatment is 'moving in the right direction' and her tumours have reduced in size since in the months following her announcement.

Writing in autobiography Hear Me Out, she confirmed: 'MRI scans at the end of December revealed that the tumours in my brain and in my lung have shrunk a bit with the treatment.

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Sad: Nicola's outing comes as her bandmate Sarah Harding, 39, continues her battle against aggressive breast cancer 

'With this news under my belt, I was able to enjoy a relaxing quiet Christmas with mum and yes, I got plenty of lovely Christmas pressies.'

She added: 'At the moment, I'm just grateful to wake up every day and live my best life, because now I know just how precious it is.'

Sarah went to to say that her priority now is to spent as much time as possible with her mother and friends before she dies, while the star is also hoping to throw a huge party to say 'goodbye' to her loved ones.

As Sarah looked back at the start of her journey, she added: 'At first I thought it was just a cyst. The trouble was the pain was getting worse. It got so bad that I couldn't sleep in a bed. Eventually my skin started to bruise. By now I was terrified.

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Scary: Sarah revealed she had been battling breast cancer in August 2020 and recently said she does not know how many months she has left to live
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Sharing an update: In January, Sarah told her Instagram followers that she had a 'lovely but quiet' Christmas with her mother and their dogs, rounding out a 'strange' year
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'One day I woke up realising I'd been in denial. Yes there was a pandemic but it was almost as if I'd been using that as an excuse not to face up to the fact that something was very wrong.'

Sarah went on to detail her experience of being put into a coma for an extended period of time, and added that she struggled to form speech even when she was taken out of it.

Sarah explained: 'With both my lungs and kidneys failing, doctors decided to put me into an induced coma. Even once I was off the ventilator I couldn't speak properly. All I could do was make noises like a chimpanzee trying to communicate.'

Sarah went to to say that her priority now is to spent as much time as possible with her mother and friends before she dies, while the star is also hoping to throw a huge party to say 'goodbye' to her loved ones.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and affects more than two MILLION women a year

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Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Each year in the UK there are more than 55,000 new cases, and the disease claims the lives of 11,500 women. In the US, it strikes 266,000 each year and kills 40,000. But what causes it and how can it be treated?

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer develops from a cancerous cell which develops in the lining of a duct or lobule in one of the breasts.

When the breast cancer has spread into surrounding breast tissue it is called an 'invasive' breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with 'carcinoma in situ', where no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.

Most cases develop in women over the age of 50 but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men though this is rare.

Staging means how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Stage 1 is the earliest stage and stage 4 means the cancer has spread to another part of the body.

The cancerous cells are graded from low, which means a slow growth, to high, which is fast growing. High grade cancers are more likely to come back after they have first been treated.

What causes breast cancer?

A cancerous tumour starts from one abnormal cell. The exact reason why a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. It is thought that something damages or alters certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiply 'out of control'.

Although breast cancer can develop for no apparent reason, there are some risk factors that can increase the chance of developing breast cancer, such as genetics.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

The usual first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps are not cancerous and are fluid filled cysts, which are benign.

The first place that breast cancer usually spreads to is the lymph nodes in the armpit. If this occurs you will develop a swelling or lump in an armpit.

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

  • Initial assessment: A doctor examines the breasts and armpits. They may do tests such as a mammography, a special x-ray of the breast tissue which can indicate the possibility of tumours.
  • Biopsy: A biopsy is when a small sample of tissue is removed from a part of the body. The sample is then examined under the microscope to look for abnormal cells. The sample can confirm or rule out cancer.

If you are confirmed to have breast cancer, further tests may be needed to assess if it has spread. For example, blood tests, an ultrasound scan of the liver or a chest x-ray.

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How is breast cancer treated?

Treatment options which may be considered include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone treatment. Often a combination of two or more of these treatments are used.

  • Surgery: Breast-conserving surgery or the removal of the affected breast depending on the size of the tumour.
  • Radiotherapy: A treatment which uses high energy beams of radiation focussed on cancerous tissue. This kills cancer cells, or stops cancer cells from multiplying. It is mainly used in addition to surgery.
  • Chemotherapy: A treatment of cancer by using anti-cancer drugs which kill cancer cells, or stop them from multiplying
  • Hormone treatments: Some types of breast cancer are affected by the 'female' hormone oestrogen, which can stimulate the cancer cells to divide and multiply. Treatments which reduce the level of these hormones, or prevent them from working, are commonly used in people with breast cancer.

How successful is treatment?

The outlook is best in those who are diagnosed when the cancer is still small, and has not spread. Surgical removal of a tumour in an early stage may then give a good chance of cure.

The routine mammography offered to women between the ages of 50 and 70 mean more breast cancers are being diagnosed and treated at an early stage.

For more information visit breastcancercare.org.uk, breastcancernow.org or www.cancerhelp.org.uk

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