Rita Ora has spoken about her twenty "fear" of being diagnosed with breast cancer after her mother Vera Sahatciu battled the disease in 2005.
The 30-year-old Your Song hitmaker said she suffered panic attacks after her 56-year-old mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and had a partial mastectomy.
She revealed that she had symptoms of PTSD in her teenage years when she felt obliged to reinforce herself as she was desperate to "protect" her mother.
Cancer: Rita Ora has opened up about fear of developing breast cancer in her twenties after her mother Vera Sahatciu battled the disease in 2005
Rita told The Sun, “Cancer affects everyone, my mother fought it twice and I had many different feelings. I felt very responsible becoming a strong teenager. & # 39;
She said even though she had the BRCA test, the hereditary breast cancer test, and doesn't have the gene, she was still worried that she would be diagnosed with cancer.
Speaking of her fear, she stated, "I don't know if it's in my head, but it may be a case of mild heartburn and I ask," What is it? ".
Rita urged women to examine their breasts and see a family doctor if they notice any changes, as there was no history of breast cancer in their families.
Concern: Your Song hitmaker, 30, said she suffered panic attacks after her 56-year-old mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and had a partial mastectomy
She added that Vera, an NHS psychiatrist, did not have a lump on her chest but rather had a "sharp pain" before being examined.
The pop star said she is still reminded of the "fear factor" when Vera undergoes a check-up, adding that therapy, exercise, and meditation help her deal with panic attacks.
The mother of the singing sensation was discussing the diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 39 when she performed on Loose Women in February 2019.
Vera explained emotionally: “The journey I had was really tough. At a young age, the treatment tends to me more severe and longer.
"If it's diagnosed young, the treatment gets more intense, I've had chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and a mastectomy."
Check yourself! Rita urged the women to check their breasts, saying her mother Vera, an NHS psychiatrist, did not have a lump on her breast but experienced "sharp pain".
Rita recently received a major backlash for hosting a birthday party to celebrate her 30th birthday which is in violation of Covid-19 regulations.
The Mail on Sunday previously revealed that before her birthday on Nov. 21, Rita had flown to Cairo on a private jet to perform at the five-star W Hotel.
The Masked Singer judge returned the next day and is believed to have self-isolated for 14 days under government quarantine rules.
Instead, she held a birthday party on November 28th at the exclusive Casa Cruz restaurant in Notting Hill, West London.
She apologized for the party with the following statement: “Hi everyone, I attended a small meeting with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday.
Review: Rita recently received a huge backlash for hosting a birthday party to celebrate her 30th birthday which is in violation of Covid-19 regulations
“It was a spontaneous decision made with the misguided view that we were going to get out of lockdown and that would be fine. I am very sorry for breaking the rules and I understand that doing so puts people at risk.
This was a grave and inexcusable error of assessment. Given the limitations, I understand how irresponsible these actions were, and I take full responsibility.
“I am especially embarrassed to know firsthand how hard people have worked against this terrible disease and to understand the sacrifices that people and companies have made to protect us all.
"Even if this doesn't get you right, I would like to sincerely apologize."
She paid the hefty £ 10,000 fine for violating these protocols after being reported to police who were investigating the restaurant, which appeared to be closed.
Shocking: Rita had to publicly apologize after it was discovered she was hosting a 30th birthday party at a London restaurant while the country was under lockdown
But she was then forced to make another apology for violating strict coronavirus rules amid the travel embarrassment.
She said, “I recently flew to Egypt to perform at a corporate event for a private company where my tour group followed protocol and presented negative Covid tests upon entry as requested by the Egyptian authorities.
Upon my return to the UK, I should have followed government advice and isolated myself for the time required. As you know, I have not followed the government’s advice and… I again apologize wholeheartedly.
“While I realize that a pop star's apologetic words may not carry much weight, especially if someone like me has broken the rules, I understand that some might try to follow my lead.
Result: Rita paid the hefty £ 10,000 fine for violating protocols after being reported to police who were investigating the restaurant, which appeared to be closed to all passers-by
& # 39; My message to her is simple: Please don't. Not worth the guilt and shame I borne for my mistake this week. Instead, continue to listen to the advice of the government and the voices of the NHS heroes and take the necessary precautions. & # 39;
She added: "I hope that one day I can make amends to the public who have supported me so much over the years, and especially the heroes of the NHS …
In the meantime, I will donate my fee from Egypt to charity. Be better than me and learn from my mistakes so you don't have to learn the hard way yourself. & # 39;
A spokesman for the star, valued at £ 10 million, said she and her team all subsequently tested negative for coronavirus.
The guidelines introduced with the lockdown between November 5th and December 2nd state that people “are not allowed to meet with family or friends indoors unless they belong to your household, that is, to the people you live with or your bubble of support ”.
Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the world, affecting more than two MILLION women each year
Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the world. There are more than 55,000 new cases in the UK each year and the disease kills 11,500 women. In the US, it hits 266,000 and kills 40,000 every year. But what causes it and how can it be treated?
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer develops from a cancer cell that develops in the lining of a duct or lobe in one of the breasts.
When breast cancer has spread to the surrounding breast tissue, it is called “invasive” breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with "carcinoma in situ" in which no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.
Most cases occur in women over 50, but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men, although it is rare.
Staging means how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Stage 1 is the earliest stage, and Stage 4 means that the cancer has spread to another part of the body.
The cancer cells are classified from low, which is slow growth, to high, which is growing rapidly. High-grade cancers are more likely to recur after the first treatment.
What causes breast cancer?
A cancerous tumor originates from an abnormal cell. The exact reason a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. It is believed that something damages or changes certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiplies "out of control".
Although breast cancer can develop for no apparent reason, there are some risk factors that can increase your chances of developing breast cancer, such as: B. Genetics.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
The common first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps are non-cancerous, and fluid-filled cysts that are benign.
The first place breast cancer usually spreads is in the lymph nodes in the armpit. When this happens, you will develop a swelling or lump in one armpit.
How is breast cancer diagnosed?
- Initial assessment: a doctor examines the breasts and armpits. You can do tests such as a mammogram, which is a special x-ray of breast tissue that can indicate the possibility of tumors.
- Biopsy: A biopsy is when a small sample of tissue is taken from a part of the body. The sample is then examined under a microscope for abnormal cells. The test can confirm or rule out cancer.
If you are confirmed to have breast cancer, you may need more tests to see if it has spread. For example, blood tests, an ultrasound scan of the liver, or a chest x-ray.
How is breast cancer treated?
Treatment options that may be considered include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone treatment. A combination of two or more of these treatments is often used.
- Operation: Breast-saving surgery or removal of the affected breast, depending on the size of the tumor.
- Radiation therapy: A treatment that uses high-energy rays to target cancerous tissue. This kills cancer cells or prevents cancer cells from multiplying. It is mainly used in addition to surgery.
- Chemotherapy: A treatment for cancer with anti-cancer drugs that kill cancer cells or prevent them from multiplying
- Hormone treatments: Some types of breast cancer are affected by the “female” hormone estrogen, which can stimulate cancer cells to divide and multiply. Treatments that lower the levels of these hormones or prevent them from working are often used in people with breast cancer.
How successful is the treatment?
The outlook is best for those diagnosed when the cancer is small and has not spread. Surgical removal of a tumor at an early stage can then offer a good chance of recovery.
The routine mammography offered to women between the ages of 50 and 70 means more breast cancer is diagnosed and treated early.
More information is available at Breastcancercare.org.uk, Breastcancernow.org or www.cancerhelp.org.uk