The West Side Story actress, now 21, shared a photo of her biopsy scar covered in surgical tape as she opened up about her experience.
She told her followers: ‘Two years ago I found a lump in my breast and went through what was undoubtedly the scariest week of my life.
‘No OB/GYN was taking new patients due to the backlog of the pandemic, but I was fortunate to have the care of my pediatrician who prescribed me an ultrasound, which led to an out-patient biopsy procedure. Thankfully it was benign.’
Rachel revealed that the scare led her to be more stringent with checking her breasts, adding: ‘And now the scar serves as a reminder to check my breasts regularly for any irregular growth – the fibroadenoma in my left breast is a common occurrence but nevertheless extremely scary to find.’
She advised her followers: ‘Early detection saves lives!!! Check your titty meat :).’
Biopsies are one of the diagnostic tools used to check whether a lump is cancerous or benign, and involve a small sample of tissue being removed from the breast via a needle, which is then tested.
While many lumps are found to be benign, according to Cancer Research UK almost all (98%) of people will survive breast cancer for five years or more if it is caught at the earliest stage.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in females in the UK, with around 55,500 new cases diagnosed each year, with the survival rate for 10 years or more after diagnosis being 76%.
Following Rachel’s appearance in West Side Story, the actress is also set to star in Shazam! Fury of the Gods which arrives in cinemas on March 17, 2023 and she has also finished filming for Disney’s live-action remake of Snow White, which is due for release on March 22, 2024.
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