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Martin Freeman's partner Amanda Abbington reveals cancer scare

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Amanda Abbington has revealed that she recently underwent surgery to remove a lump from her breast.

Martin Freeman's longtime girlfriend was informed of the need for surgery for the lump - which was ultimately benign - during the actor's 18-month shoot for The Hobbit movies in New Zealand.

The UK Premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Martin Freeman and partner Amanda Abbington

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The Sherlock star wanted to come back to the UK to be with his partner, but the actress insisted that he continued his work.

"I said I'd be fine, but he was desperately worried. It was horrible for him," Abbington is quoted as saying in The Mirror.

"I found the lump after dropping the kids at school. I was sent to a ­specialist breast unit. They said they needed to get it out quickly because they didn't know if it was malignant. I burst into tears and thought, 'Oh no. I'm going to die. I won't see my children grow up'."

Abbington said that she cried tears of joy when she was told that the lump was a benign milk gland tumour.

Martin Freeman hugs his wife Amanda Abbington

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"When I got the result I burst into tears of sheer relief. What happened has made me value my life so much. Work is great, of course, but your family and health really are everything," she continued.

Abbington added that Freeman made sure to send her his own support despite being many miles away.

"I was at home one day when a package from Martin arrived. He sent me a beautiful bracelet and ring with a note saying he hoped it would cheer me up. How wonderful is that? I'm lucky to be with someone as romantic now as he was when we met 12 years ago."

Freeman and Abbington have been together since the year 2000, and are parents to two children, Joe and Grace.

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