Christine McGuinness gets cancer gene test following mum Joannes diagnosis

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Christine McGuinness has opened up about undergoing the test for the BRCA gene (breast cancer gene) after her mum Joanne was diagnosed with the disease in September.

The wife of Paddy McGuinness was left even more devastated by her mum's health battle as she was unable to be by her side during treatment for HER2-positive aggressive breast cancer, due to Covid restrictions.

After suffering a family history of breast cancer, Christine decided to undergo the test for the BRCA gene – which gives you a much greater risk of developing breast and possibly ovarian cancer in the future.

Thankfully, the mum of three reveals her test came back negative. In an interview with the Sunday Mirror's Notebook, she said: "I’m just really relieved. Thank God it came back negative.”

Opening up about her mum's battle, Christine revealed that she was doing much better but that they would have to keep a close eye on her.

Christine said: "She had the lump removed, finished six months of chemotherapy and then did 10 days of radiotherapy. She’s carrying on with injections for the next two years which, unfortunately, can weaken her heart, so that’s another problem. We’ve got to keep an eye on her."

Christine and her Top Gear presenter husband Paddy, 47, have three children – twins Penelope and Leo, eight, and four-year-old Felicity.

All three of their children have autism and the couple are currently making a documentary with the BBC about the condition.

Opening up about working together, Christine admitted: "Yeah, it’s weird because we’ve never done that before. Years ago, before we had the children, we did a few shows together, like Mr And Mrs, but never anything like this.

"It’s been really good for me to see him learn more about autism and it’s been educational for both of us. To be able to do it together is lovely."

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Christine has been vocal about the challenges of being a parent to three children with autism.

She recently opened up on This Morning about her fear over having to hire help for her children.

Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on Thursday's This Morning, Christine said: "I always wanted to be a mum, that's all I ever wanted. My mum was a single parent with three young children with no money and I think if she can do it, I can."

"Yeah, they have got additional needs, but I don't know any different, I just wanted to be a mum and I am a mum."

She admitted: "We will get to the point one day, especially with me working more, we're going to have to get help and to be honest, I wouldn't know where to start and it scares me, the thought of someone else looking after my children, so we try and juggle it."

Eamonn suggested: "It might scare them as well", as Christine replied: "Yeah, absolutely."

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