Coronation Street star Samia Ghadie has revealed that her character Maria Connor will have a breast cancer scare in upcoming episodes of the soap.
The actress told The Mirror that the storyline echoes her own experiences of finding a lump after the birth of her daughter Freya.
She said: "It was really scary. [Freya] was only three months old when suddenly I came across a lump on my breast that was like a really hard pea.
"I went to the doctor straight away and I was hoping she was going to say 'Oh, don't worry', but I was very frightened when instead she said: 'Actually we don't want to get caught out with things like this, you need to see a specialist.'
"To hear that was terrifying... in those few hours while I was waiting, all sorts of horrid things went through my mind. You worry so much."
The 30-year-old actress was later told that the lump was benign and as a result of hormone fluctuations.
"I was so relieved," she said. "I am so glad I did get it checked out and it's made me very aware now. I check my breasts on a regular basis. It's so important to."
The actress said that her own experience made her determined to portray Maria's scare as realistically as possible.
She explained: "Because it's so sensitive, we worked with Macmillan on the storyline as we wanted to get it right. I know myself how it feels and how scary it is and I think a lot of women will identify with what Maria has to go through... I hope people will feel I have approached it sensitively.
"Maria goes through very similar emotions as I did but it is far worse for her as she doesn't get the results back so quickly and she really stresses out about it."