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Jen Beattie reveals breast cancer diagnosis

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Arsenal and Scotland’s Jen Beattie opened up on being diagnosed with breast cancer in October.

Arsenal Women v Birmingham City Women - Barclays FA Women’s Super League Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Arsenal Women centre back Jennifer Beattie revealed she was diagnosed with breast cancer in an interview with the BBC’s Football Focus. Having discovered a lump, Beattie was diagnosed in October—a few days before Arsenal beat Brighton in the Women’s Super League. Beattie scored in that 5-0 victory, an emotional moment that meant a lot to Beattie, as well as her teammates.

The girls here were just unbelievable. I feel like it’s moments like these or times like these where you realise why you play sport. It really is like being part of a family away from family. I don’t know what I would have done without them. That’s the staff and the players. They’ve all been unbelievable. The support I’ve had down here has got me through it, for sure.

In her interview with Eilidh Barbour, which is now available on Arsenal.com, Beattie disclosed that, thankfully, she does not need chemotherapy, and will start radiotherapy treatment.