A mum has thanked her active sex life for saving her life after her husband found a lump in her breast that turned out to be cancerous.
Tina Grey, 52, thought she felt something unusual in her left breast and asked her husband, Dez, to check it out.
He immediately detected a lump that he was certain wasn’t there before, which turned out to be a cancerous mass.
She was able to undergo surgery to have a lump in each breast removed before the cancer spread.
Tina, from Aldershot, Hampshire, said: "As soon as Dez felt the lump, he knew something wasn't right.
"I trusted his judgement and went straight to a doctor – after all, who would be more familiar with my breasts than my husband?
"Menopause has brought us closer than ever. We became more intimate and Dez grew very interested in my boobs which has now meant he's saved my life.”
Tina had been watching television one evening without a bra on when she felt a hard lump just above her nipple as she brushed her arm past her left breast.
Concerned, she told her husband that she'd felt a lump and asked him to feel her breasts to see if he spotted anything out of the ordinary.
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When Dez pointed out something felt odd in the exact same place that Tina had felt, she booked herself in to see her GP on August 11 who referred her to a breast surgeon.
Dez said: "We've been together a long time, so I'm well versed with the geography of Tina's upper torso.
"I was having a rummage, like you do, and felt concerned that there was something unusual in her breast which we felt we needed to have checked out.
"It was scary, the unknown was frightening. We knew we had to go get it sorted."
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Tina was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer with a doctor feeling the lump they had found in her left breast as well as a smaller lump in her right breast.
The mum-of-one went in for surgery on October 20 where the lumps were excised and biopsies were taken from her sentinel nodes.
Doctors revealed that Tina had stage one invasive ductal carcinoma in her right breast and stage three in her left.
But thanks to Dez's quick discovery, they were able to remove all of the cancer during surgery before it spread to other areas of Tina's body, effectively saving her life.
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Tina added: "Going through the menopause and then my cancer battle has just brought Dez and I closer than ever.
"I couldn't have got through all of this without my supportive family and the MacMillan nurse who was with me for every appointment. Even with a mask on, I could see her eyes were smiling at me and it was such a comfort.
"Dez and I recently celebrated our 20th anniversary in October, and now I just want to marry him all over again – I just want to show him how much I love him."
Dez added: "I feel privileged to have been able to help diagnose, or at least discover, something in my wife's body that could have potentially been life-changing or life-limiting. I feel privileged and proud that I could help, and the whole thing has brought us even closer still."
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