Love Island star Samira Mighty has spoken out about when she once had a breast cancer scare, and is urging people to go and get their boobs checked to ensure if anything is present, it’s being caught as early as possible.
The reality star revealed that she had discovered a lump on her breast before she went on the Majorcan-based show, but had recently noticed the lump had grown bigger, and began to fear the worst. The lump panicked her even more due to the fact her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.
“It was really dramatic,” Samira told Metro. “I immediately thought I had breast cancer. You Google, Wikipedia, and think you’re going to die.
“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.”
Discussing the worrying experience with her mother, who thankfully recovered from the cancer, Samira continued: “You think that will never happen to your family, then it does and you don’t think it’s real.
“I hope people are more aware how quickly things can change. My mum has friends who are diagnosed and then they’re dead. It’s savage.
“Check your boobs and if you find something, just go to the GP. Look how quickly I went and now, a week later, I’m getting surgery.”
Samira also went on to send a lot of praise to co-star, Dr Alex George’s way, who she claims was a big part of helping her to be more open about her health.
“He’s like my personal GP,” she added. “Since meeting Doctor Alex I’ve been enlightened to many things, and since then I’ve discovered how important it is to look after yourself.
“You just don’t think, ‘Oh, I’m going to check my boobs,’ but it is so important. Just spend five minutes feeling them. And at any age! I was 19 when I first found the lump and I wouldn’t have thought about it otherwise.”