Love Islander Samira Mighty has opened up about her breast cancer fears ahead of an operation on her breast to have a lump removed.
The 23-year-old has spoken out about her breast cancer scare, after a growth on her left breast left the reality TV star alarmed and seeking medical attention.
The growth has not been a new worry as Samira has admitted that it has been there since she was 19 but after doctors told her that it was "fine", she put it to the back of her mind.
There has been a change recently though, which led to Samira heading back to the GP and this time, an operation is required so that the lump can be removed.
It may be precautionary but after her mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, the Love Island star feared the worst.
Samira didn’t help her furtive mind though, as she turned to Google and Wikipedia for answers, but only made he worries a whole lot worse as the potential diagnosis played with her.
Opening up to Metro , Samira told them: "It was really dramatic, I immediately thought I had breast cancer.
"You Google, Wikipedia, and think you’re going to die."
Samira continued: “It did play on my mind, because you’d be drying off after the shower and feel this lump and think, something is not right.
"Or I’d be ill and in my head I’d connect it to the lump.”
Speaking about when she first found the lump, some four years earlier, the former West End theatre performer said: "I found it when I was 19 and I checked back then and they said ‘you’re young, that kind of thing happens’ and I left it."
It was the continued growth of the lump that prompted Samira to check it out again and she was a little shocked with what the doctor found.
She continued: "It got bigger. The doctor says it’s three centimetres now, which is quite big, and I don’t have massive boobs, so it’s not like it’s hidden.
“I’m self-conscious and if someone touches it it’s a bit tender; it’s uncomfortable when I lie on my stomach.”
The good news for fans of the ITV2 reality dating show, the test results showed that the lump was actually a benign growth, known as fibroadenoma.
This won’t turn malignant and there is no risk to Samira’s health but she has decided to go under the knife and have it removed all the same.
Speaking about the operation, Samira revealed that being put to sleep is making her a little anxious before detailing what the surgeon will be undertaking.
She revealed: "Basically they’re going to do a tiny incision, underneath the crease, and if it’s stuck to my muscle or tissue, then it’s more of an issue because it’s growing."
Samira will no doubt feel a lot more comfortable once it has gone and it serves as a reminder to check out any lumps that look a little untoward.
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