Anna Bligh agreed to have her bald head photographed in a revealing interview about her "gruelling" chemotherapy experience.

The striking photographs will appear alongside an honest account about her cancer battle in an upcoming Woman's Weekly article.

Ms Bligh, 53, said it was a tough decision to open up about her battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma - but she has no regrets.

"I've just been through a very gruelling experience with chemotherapy and I guess I just wanted to be honest about what that was like," Ms Bligh told Nine Network Brisbane.

"It was a big decision to be part of it and a very difficult decision for me."

In June, Ms Bligh revealed she had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The former Queensland premier had undergone surgery to remove a pea-size lump on her face two days after flying to Brisbane to front Queensland's health payroll inquiry in May.

She said she dreaded to think what would have happened if she didn't ask about the lump when visiting her GP for a niggling foot injury in late March.

Ms Bligh said she hoped her story would encourage others to express any health concerns to their own GP.

"Having lived with cancer now I know a little bit about what it's like and I just say to anybody - if you've got anything you're worried about, any lump or bump, go get it checked out," she said.

 

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