British Tv presenter Carol McGiffin was diagnosed with breast cancer last year (14).

The former panellist on daytime talk show Loose Women was diagnosed in February (14) after discovering a lump in her breast while on holiday in Malaysia, but she decided to keep it a secret from viewers and fans.

MCGiffin has undergone a mastectomy and chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions, and she has now spoke out about the ordeal, telling Britain's Sunday People newspaper, "I feel it is over now and I've got I through it. I just want to be able to go out without my hat on and for people not to be bothered. I just want life to get back to normal."

MCGiffin also reveals she kept tight-lipped about her cancer battle partly because she didn't want to upset her Loose Women co-star Lynda Bellingham, who was fighting cancer herself but passed away in October (14).

MCGiffin adds, "I thought it would be really unfair of me to tell Lynda about my situation. She was such an unselfish person, so she would have loved it if there was someone else to worry about... The last time I saw her was one of the handful of times I've worn my wig. I met up with some of the old Loose Women beforehand and we'd agreed not to tell her."