Sweeps Story May Have Saved Reporter’s Life

By Kevin Eck 

WBTV reporter Kristen Hampton was doing one of those typical sweeps stories where the reporter has some medical procedure to show how easy or important it is. It was typical until she found out what the doctor discovered.

“I never imagined in a million years, just three days after my scan, I would be sitting in an office with a paper vest on listening to a doctor tell me I might have cancer,” said Hampton. “The idea of that still blows my mind.


She was told doctors found an “architectural distortion” in her left breast. She had a biopsy of the mass that she nicknamed “the bat” because of its shape.

The biopsy came back with great news and nerve-wracking news. The mass they found isn’t a giant blob of cancer cells. But it is something pretty rare. And in order to test the whole thing for cancer, it has to all be removed.

On November 17, I’m having surgery to remove the bat-thing. I’ve been told there’s a 10-30% chance it could contain malignant cells. I’m not really worried I have cancer right now simply because worrying about it won’t change what’s in there. It either is or it isn’t, and the odds are in my favor.

Instead, right now I’m more focused on the whole reason I started this process. If you’re a woman over the age of 40, I want you to get your mammogram. If you’re not yet 40, talk with your doctor about risk factors that may mean you get a mammogram earlier.