A moving cancer storyline in television drama Cold Feet is encouraging more women to get their breasts checked, says actress Fay Ripley.
The first episode of the show's ninth series, which aired on Sunday, saw Jenny Gifford, played by Ripley, removing her wig to reveal her bald scalp in a tear-jerking scene.
The character of Jenny received the shock breast cancer diagnosis during the last series and Ripley, 53, says she's since been inundated with people telling her that her character's fight with the disease prompted them to check themselves.
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Tearjerker: The opening scene of the ninth series showed the character of Jenny Gifford sitting at her vanity table and removing her wig to show her thinning hair as a result of going through chemotherapy
The emotional scene made a huge impact with viewers, with Ripley praised for her portrayal, she says the response to the storyline has been 'mind-blowing'
Cold Feet effect: Ripley told What's on TV magazine that Jenny's storyline had encouraged many women to check their breasts when they might not have done otherwise
• A change in size or shape
• A lump or area that feels thicker than the rest of the breast
• A change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like the skin of an orange)
• A redness or rash on the skin and/or around the nipple
• Your nipple has become pulled in or looks different, for example changed its position or shape
• Liquid that comes from the nipple without squeezing
• Pain in your breast or your armpit that’s there all or almost all of the time
• A swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
Speaking to What's on TV magazine, Ripley said that the response from viewers had been 'mind-blowing'.
She said: 'People rush up and say, ‘That happened to my mum, my sister, me, my dad…'
'And I’ve had people texting me and coming up on the street saying, "I never checked myself before, but I checked and something been taken out", It’s mind-blowing.'
The response to the show's storyline echoes the impact made by late reality television Jade Goody.
Her death from cervical cancer, at the height of her career in 2009 saw screening rates spike.
Immediately following her death in March 2009, cervical cancer screening rose by around 70 per cent, the NHS reported at the time.
This week, viewers have taken to Twitter in their droves to praise Ripley for her emotional portrayal, to which she responded on Tuesday, saying: 'To everyone who has sent messages. Thank you all for your amazing personal responses. And to