Marlo Hampton of the Real Housewives of Atlanta was admitted to the hospital yesterday, and doctors suspect that she may have breast cancer.
News of Marlo's hospitalization came just as we learned that Gregg Leakes, husband to Atlanta Housewife Nene Leakes is now cancer-free. He was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, and now doctors say he's cancer-free.
Marlo told fans that during a routine breast exam three weeks ago, doctors found a "giant" lump in her breast. Doctors ran a series of tests, and determined that the only way to find out whether it's cancerous, was to bring her in for a biopsy.
Here's what she posted on Instagram.
Marlo's breast implants may have complicated her diagnosis. According to the American Cancer Society, the x-rays used in mammograms cannot go through silicone or saline implants well enough to show the breast tissue under them. This means that part of the breast tissue can be hard to see on a mammogram.
As a result, breast cancer detection in women with breast implants is usually later stage, and more deadly.
We're praying for Marlo . . .
For much of Marlo's time on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, there's been a lot of chatter surrounding her life and how she makes a living — namely, her career appears to be a mystery to most of the Georgia Peaches. But we were in luck when Marlo's good friend Nene Leakes appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Sunday night. One caller asked if the RHOA OG could demystify Marlo's job for fans during the After Show. "You know what? That's a good question for Marlo and not for me," Nene explained. "But I will tell you this: Marlo is not a broke B, OK? You see what she wears and you see what she drives and you see how she lives. So she does a lot of things."