Rita Ora has opened up about her breast cancer scare, after her mum’s diagnosis.
Vera was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, when she was 39-years-old, and underwent a mastectomy.
This led to the Masked Singer judge – who was recently blasted for flouting coronavirus lockdown rules – being tested to find out if she was a carrier of the condition herself.
Speaking in a candid interview, she urged others to follow suit and get themselves checked out.
‘I see these things saying check yourself for lumps but my mother didn’t have a lump she had a sharp pain, and she still went and got checked,’ the 30 year-old said.
‘I have done the BRCA test (the hereditary breast cancer test) and the gene test myself and, luckily, I don’t have the gene.
‘But I still check myself regularly. Genetically, there was no history of breast cancer in my family before my mother, but she still got it.’
Vera, now 56, battled an ‘aggressive’ form of breast cancer, being treated with chemotherapy and radiation before going under the knife for a partial mastectomy.
Seeing her mum’s condition, Rita told the Sun she spent a lot of her twenties also worrying that she would suffer the same illness.
Psychiatrist Vera previously spoke about her cancer diagnosis, explaining that it really impacted the Anywhere singer.
‘Rita rebelled a little, bunking off school for a couple of weeks. It was her mental escape,’ she told Style Magazine last year.
‘The whole family is still left with the anxieties that cancer ingrains.
‘Rita gets anxious and sometimes has panic attacks.’
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Author: Rishma Dosani