Rita Ora has revealed she was terrified of being diagnosed with breast cancer after her mum developed the disease 15 years ago.
The How To Be Lonely singer said she suffered crippling panic attacks about it as a teen, but was relieved to find she did not have the BRCA gene for hereditary breast cancer.
She told The Sun: “I still check myself regularly. Genetically, there was no history of breast cancer in my family before my mother, but she still got it.”
Ora, 30, said she used online tutorials to help her know how to check her body, and that she was speaking out about her experiences to encourage people to continue to attend check-ups and appointments despite the coronavirus pandemic.
She added: “Cancer affects everyone. My mum battled it twice, and I had…