She wants all women to get checked out
Nikki Mudarris came from a wealthy family. Her father, Abu Mudarris, owned several strip clubs in Las Vegas and Los Angeles and made bank, setting Nikki up for a life of luxury. She attended the University of Southern California and graduated in 201, then landed a featured spot on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.
From there, she got a recurring role on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta where she’s often seen fooling around with her FWB Joseline Hernandez. Her life may have turned out very differently, however, if her family couldn’t have afforded her healthcare.
Nikki just opened up about a serious health scare that she had when she was just a teen.
A Suspicious Lump
Nikki Baby headed over to The Real for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to discuss a terrifying experience from her past. When the star was just 17 she found a lump in her breast and had surgery to remove it.]. “It was a tumor, but luckily it was benign. So it wasn’t cancerous. It’s definitely something that you should check and not play with because these things do exist,” she explained.
Host Adrienne Houghton backed her up. “They tell us because we’re not 40 yet that we don’t have to do [mammograms], but if you are able to do it whether it’s with health insurance, there’s clinics now that are offering this sort of thing, absolutely get it done,” she said.
Why is Nikki sharing her story? That’s pretty obvious. Breast cancer will affect one-in-eight women in their lifetime, but she (and doctors) want you to know that early detection is key — and the best ways to detect it early are mammograms and self-exams. Because of this, the ladies of The Real went together to get checked, much to the delight of the audience.
While mammograms are the most effective way to screen for breast cancer, most cancer organizations agree that women don’t need to be getting them annually before 40. After 55, every other year should be sufficient. Before then? You’re probably okay with self exams until a doctor says otherwise.
If you’re performing a self-exam, — like Nikki was when she found her lump at 17 — look for dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin. While lying down, feel your breast with your fingers in a flat position using small circular motions to check for lumps or abnormalities.
And remember: If you’ve got implants like Nikki Baby, the x-rays can’t go through silicone or saline implants very well to see tissue underneath the implant. The technician may have to take extra pictures and move the implant around inside the breast to see everything.
Watch the Video
Once they finished with the booby talk, the ladies of The Real turned to other issues: namely, Mariah Carey’s recent bizarre interview… you know, where she’s sprawled out on a couch with Christmas decorations behind her? Nikki revealed that she keeps her Christmas tree up for about six months after the holidays.
“I feel like you’re part Asian or something, girl. My people sometimes leave the decorations up for six months too because it’s expensive! That wreath is going to be there through Easter, and you’re going to like it,” Jeannie Mai joked.
Watch the video above!
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