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Last Updated: Tuesday August 19 2008 10:14 GMT

Jade Goody told she has cancer

Jade Goody

Reality TV star Jade Goody has been told she has early-stage cancer, her publicist has confirmed.

The 27-year-old was told the news by a doctor while she was appearing on the Indian version of Big Brother, which is called Bigg Boss.

Jade is having more tests and then doctors will decide on what kind of treatment she'll be given.

Her publicist Max Clifford said Jade was on her way home and is due to arrive in the UK late on Tuesday.

He said: "The important thing is to get her back as soon as possible and get this treated."

"Obviously there were some problems - that's why she had tests. But she had no idea that would be the diagnosis - she was shocked."

In January 2007, Jade was accused of racism towards Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK.

Jade denied being racist and said she was sorry if she had offended anyone.

The reality TV star entered the Bigg Boss house, where Shilpa is the host, on Saturday.