Cameroonian singer and entrepreneur, Reprudencia Sonkey, popularly known as Dencia, has revealed that she had her first breast lump removal surgery at the age of 12.
The singer said the surgery was risky because two doctors operated on her at the same time because she had other health challenges.
Dencia revealed this on her Instagram page and urged ladies to constantly examine their breasts for lumps adding that early detection of lumps may prevent breast cancer.
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“MY RIGHT BREAST STORY
When I was 12 going on 13, I was seating in my dorm room in Cpc Bali (Cameroon) when an older girl who was abt 18 “Belinda” was discussing her breast lump removal surgery.
“My skinny ass had big boobies & as I heard the story, I immediately touched my breasts & realized my right breast had something extra in it, I went to the nurse who sent me home immediately.
“I’m lucky to be raised by a grandma who was very hands-on with my health, things went so fast & I was ready for surgery with Dr Ashu Balimba in Yaounde, Cameroon.
“When the surgery was done it was risky cuz two Drs operated on me at the same time Nose, throat (I had other health issues) & boobies😭😭The next thing was testing the lump for cancerous cells, Yop my first time hearing abt cancer, I remember taking the big ass lump 2 the lab & it was tested, thank God it was just a big ass lump.
“I write this cuz a lot of young girls like me in boarding schools away from their parents need older girls like Belinda to tell their story so young girls like me can learn & action is taken fast.
“A lot of girls don’t get lucky, some end up with CANCEROUS lumps.U are never too young & never too old, let’s be our sister’s keeper, I was just a curious young girl, a lot of girls aren’t that curious.
“P.S I ended up with a keloid scar for many years & I noticed last night it was completely gone, u can’t even tell I had this surgery which is super crazy, I was treating it will stretch mark cream from whitenicious & lightening it & it’s completely gone which is rare. Thank God.
“This was a random picture that inspired me to tell this story, wasn’t taken with the purpose for this.
“Had my first mammogram & wasn’t even 30😤
“Hopefully one day I can tour boarding schools & speak to young girls and teach them about self-screening and hopefully school nurses can do more for them too because honestly I doubt they ever did anything but give you meds for a headache or Malaria or typhoid.”
Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women, and the second main cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.