Hollyoaks’ Abi Phillips reveals she has thyroid cancer

HOLLYOAKS’ Abi Phillips has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer after suffering from a key symptom.

The 28-year-old claimed on Instagram that doctors initially said she was “too young” to have the disease.

Hollyoaks' Abi Phillips has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer


Hollyoaks’ Abi Phillips has been diagnosed with thyroid cancerPhoto credit: Instagram
The 28-year-old actress and singer-songwriter claims doctors sent her away because it was her "too young" to have cancer


The 28-year-old actress and singer-songwriter claims doctors sent her away because she was “too young” for cancerPhoto credit: Instagram

But the diagnosis came after the singer-songwriter and actress, who played Liberty Savage on the Channel 4 soap, sought a second opinion.

She urged others to press for answers if they’re worried about symptoms.

Abi found lumps – one of the main signs of cancer – on her neck.

But she claims doctors “sent her away” and passed it off as a side effect of an infection or a cold.

Only about 1 in 20 lumps in the neck is cancer, the NHS says, but it’s always important to get it checked out.

Abi wrote: “They had dismissed it and said I was ‘young’ and it was nothing.”

But Abi was wary she had lumps similar to those of Love Island’s Demi Jones, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2021.

“I would have gone no further and seen a specialist if I hadn’t seen @demijones1’s post as her bumps were in the exact same spot as mine,” she said.

“I wanted to have everything checked out for my own peace of mind.

“I checked in with a specialist and she immediately told me she was very concerned about where my lumps were and referred me for an urgent biopsy and scans.

“Fast forward two weeks and just before the Easter weekend I had an appointment with a consultant at QE [Queen Elizabeth] hospital who sat me down and told me I had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and would need surgery and radiation therapy.

“I never thought at the age of 28 that I would be told I had cancer, you never think it’s going to happen to you.”

She added: “If you ever find a lump or anything unusual on your body, never just think it’s nothing, don’t let your GP tell you you’re fine and ‘young’…

“Whenever possible, get things checked out by a specialist and insist on tests even if nothing comes up, as early detection is critical to a good prognosis.”

Abi, although deemed too young to develop cancer by her GP, is among those most likely to develop thyroid cancer.

It’s most common in people in their 30s (as well as over 60), and almost three times as many women as men get the disease, says the NHS.

As Abi prepares for surgery, read on for the symptoms of thyroid cancer.


Thyroid cancer usually shows no signs or symptoms at the onset of the disease.

It is usually detected with independent testing for another condition.

As the cancer grows, it can cause;

  1. A lump felt or visible through the skin on your neck
  2. A change in your voice, usually hoarser
  3. difficulties swallowing
  4. A sore throat that won’t go away
  5. A mysterious cough
  6. Pain in throat and neck

Around 90 percent of people who receive a diagnosis of thyroid cancer live to five years, and many live a normal life expectancy.

However, the number drops to one in 10 with anaplastic thyroid cancer because some types of thyroid cancer are more severe than others.

Thyroid cancer is fairly rare, with around 3,900 people diagnosed in the UK each year. Hollyoaks’ Abi Phillips reveals she has thyroid cancer

Sarah Y. Kim

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