Lisa Maffia has revealed she has been diagnosed with cervical cancer.
The singer, 41, who said she had never missed a smear test, broke the news to fans on Instagram as she headed to a Colposcopy appointment at hospital.
Opening up about the experience, Lisa explained: “I never miss a smear and I unfortunately have cervical cancer. So now I’m even more cautious.
“This is just a reminder to anyone that maybe has forgotten to get tested!
“It’s not a game,” she urged.
Following the hospital appointment Lisa returned to Instagram where she had been ‘petrified’ but the process was ‘quick and easy.’
“Just like that I am already out. As you can see I was really upset…,” said the tearful star.
Lisa then admitted that her mum is battling terminal cancer which had made her experience even tougher.
“My mum has cervical cancer, terminal cancer, so going into this every time I’ve had to go into this – this is the third time they’ve had to check my cells – makes me absolutely petrified,” she explained.
The former So Solid Crew member said she wanted to share her news with fans to encourage people to keep updated with their smear tests and ‘to be mindful of your health in general’.
“It can happen to anyone,” said the brave star.
“I’m cool,” she ended the self-record message.
Lisa shot to fame as the main female member of So Solid Crew in the early 2000s alongside the likes of MC Harvey and Romeo.
The band scored five top 20 hits, including the platinum selling single 21 Sseconds.
The London born star then achieved success as a solo singer, with her track All Over also reaching platinum status in 2003.
In 2019 Lisa took part in ITV All New Full Monty where she performed a strip-tease with a number of celebs to help raise cancer awareness.
Lisa said she was inspired to take part after seeing her mother’s battle with cancer.
She recalled how her mum left her smear test for five years, not realising that the disease was spreading throughout her body.
“My mum left her smear test for five years and in five years it had spread to her lymph node glands, collar bone, all of her cervix”, she told iNews.
“Until she was diagnosed, she didn’t feel anything. The minute she knew, it tore her apart.”