The makers of EastEnders are to use a new storyline to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Warning: spoiler alert!

Carol (Lindsey Coulson) will discover a lump in her breast in the coming weeks and will be referred to a specialist, with the storyline continuing in the New Year.

Coulson said: "This is a very important storyline as breast cancer is something that affects so many people.

"Through Carol's story I hope we can raise awareness of the impact of breast cancer on the people that have it and their families."

The soap's executive producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, said: "EastEnders has a long tradition of dealing with social issues and breast cancer is one that the majority of people have been affected by in some way. And this is not just a story about breast cancer.

"This is a story about women, about mothers and daughters, and ultimately about family.

"And with Lindsey Coulson, Michael French (David), Patsy Palmer (Bianca) and Natalie Cassidy (Sonia) giving powerhouse performances at its centre, this is a storyline that will inform, move, and shake up the audience as it shakes up the Jackson family."