Sandra Lee Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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In an interview that aired on Good Morning America Tuesday, 48-year-old Sandra Lee revealed that she found out she has breast cancer during a routine mammogram, and will be getting a double mastectomy. “Girls have to know,” Lee said, encouraging women to get checked. “Girls in their 20s and their 30s just have to know. And I don’t want women to wait.”

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Sandra was recently in the news for happier reasons; it’s been rumored that she’s getting her own lifestyle show. Through tears, Lee told Robin Roberts she found out about her diagnosis shortly after finishing a photoshoot for her inclusion in People magazine’s Most Beautiful issue. (Roberts was clearly a carefully chosen interviewer, given that she herself survived breast cancer.) She’s already had a lumpectomy, and will soon get a double mastectomy, though doctors say they caught the cancer early and her outlook is good. She says her boyfriend, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has been very supportive.

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Godspeed to her. Here’s a video of Sandra from the People shoot, just being Sandra.

Image via GMA


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tuxedocatherine
tuxedocatherine

I am very sorry for Sandra Lee and wish her a speedy recovery.

However, the whole “Girls have to know,” thing flies in the face of current medical practices. As a woman in my late twenties, even with a mother, aunt, and grandmother who have had breast cancer, it’s not recommended that I have routine mammograms until my late thirties, at the earliest. I am at work so I can’t watch the video, but I wonder if she’s being hyperbolic or is advocating for the routine mammogram age to be earlier?