17 Celebrities Who've Bravely Battled Breast Cancer - Sandra Lee

Sandra Lee

Celebrity chef Sandra Lee announced in May 2015 that she had been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) at age 48 following a routine screening mammogram. She initially had a lumpectomy to treat it, but, as Lee told Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts in an interview, “When the lumpectomy was done, they did not have clean margins.” Lee reported being told she was “a ticking time bomb” and advised to have a double mastectomy, which she did.

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Sandra Lee

The longtime girlfriend of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lee spoke out strongly in favor of starting screening mammograms early, in a woman’s twenties or thirties, and not waiting until age 50, as is recommended for most women by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. “If I would have waited,” she said, “I probably wouldn't even be sitting here.”

Lee experienced complications following her mastectomies and required a second surgery to treat an infection.

 

Rita Wilson

Actress Rita Wilson told People magazine in April 2015 that she had had a double mastectomy following a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma. The 58-year-old, who is married to actor Tom Hanks, had been monitored for lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) for some time.

Rita Wilson

However, as Wilson told the New York Times, when an early test came back negative — but something still did not feel right to her — she demanded a second opinion, and only then was the cancer was discovered. Wilson did not need chemotherapy or radiation following her mastectomies, and she subsequently had reconstructive surgery.

According to V.K. Gadi, MD, an oncologist at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, having LCIS in one breast raises the risk of developing any cancer in either breast.

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