BBC Midlands Today reporter shares her breast cancer battle

BBC reporter, Satnam Rana, has been diagnosed with breast cancer - and she is sharing her battle with breast cancer in a video published online.

The 40-year-old arts correspondent, who was born in Wolverhampton, said she discovered a lump in her breast and is set to have a mastectomy. The presenter is bravely is filming her progress to raise awareness with young women.

In the video diary, published online, she begins by asking 'how come it is happening to me', in a segment filmed just 12 hours after her diagnosis. The film then follows her to the hospital, where Satnam is receiving her treatment.

There she is given news by doctors who reveal her lymph node biopsy has come back clear and the cancer has not spread to her lymph nodes. Satnam said:

“I just woke up in the middle of the night thinking it's happening and how come it is happening to me? It is rubbish. It is absolutely rubbish what is happening. So it is going to be an operation, mastectomy, and then a reconstruction.

“Even though I’m going to have a reconstruction done and I’ve seen photographs of the surgeon’s excellent work, I still do feel as if a part of my body is going to go.”

A mastectomy is an operation to remove the breasts and it is used to treat breast cancer in women and men. It can also be used to reduce the risk of cancer developing.

Satnam grew up in Wolverhampton and attended Smestow School. She always wanted to be a journalist from the age of 10 and joined Midlands Today in 2002.

Support flooded in for Satnam after she revealed her diagnosis and she thanked her followers on social media, saying:

"I just want to say a huge thank you to each and everyone of you for your love and your encouragement.

"It has been absolutely immense and the positive vibes are helping me already and I hope helping many other people out there who are also going through cancer treatment."

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