"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Marlo Hampton recently opened up about a breast cancer scare and shared some of the steps that were helpful in dealing with the situation.
A few months ago, Hampton asked fans for prayers after revealing she found lumps on her breast. Thankfully, her worst fears were not confirmed.
Marlo Hampton at Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show in Atlanta, Georgia on Aug. 18, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the reality star revisited her scary experience and shared some helpful tips with fans.
Still To Come: "It was really a wakeup call. It scared the living Oh, my God, out of me."
Posting an Instagram pic of herself in a pink dress with a low-cut neckline, Hampton wrote:
"Good Vibes Only. It’s October 1st, the first day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Earlier this year I had a small scare, thank God I followed these steps below.
-Get annual mammograms after the age of 40
-Do daily self checks on both breast at home
-Make a doctors appt if you think you feel something
-Be proactive about your health, take charge"
As Bravo’s The Daily Dish reported, Hampton lost her brother in March, so the possibility of dealing with a potentially life-threatening condition must have caused her much distress.
NeNe announced on the season premiere last November that Gregg was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer
In May, when Hampton offered more details about the cancer scare to Us Weekly, she confirmed that she had been terrified. "It was really a wakeup call. It scared the living Oh, my God, out of me," she said. "Oh, my God, it freaked me out."
Hampton recalled detecting a huge lump on her left breast but when she sought medical help, "the doctor told her she had five large cysts, and recommended a cyst aspiration, or a procedure to have them drained."
It was for the procedure that Hampton asked fans to keep her in their prayers. According to Us Weekly, however, the entrepreneur eventually didn’t need the drainage because the cysts decreased in size.
Marlo Hampton at Essence Magazine Celebrates October Cover Star Kandi Burruss in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept. 22, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images
The subject of cancer, in general, hits close to home for RHOA cast members. The show’s last season chronicled the cancer battle of NeNe Leakes' husband, Gregg.
NeNe announced on the season premiere last November that Gregg was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. The series then followed Gregg as he endured chemotherapy sessions and was eventually declared cancer-free.
According to Hampton, despite being close friends with NeNe and seeing what that experience looked like, her breast cancer scare offered a different perspective. "It’s not until it happens to you," she confessed.
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