Former MTV/BET and talk show host, Ananda Lewis, 47, just posted a video to her Instagram announcing to family, friends and fans that she has Stage 3 Breast Cancer.
She has been privately battling cancer for the past 2+ years after discovering a lump in her breast during her own self examination. She captioned the 6 minute video,
This is tough for me to share, but if just ONE woman decides to get her mammogram after watching this, what I’m going through will be worth it.
Ananda admitted that she had avoided mammograms due to fears of radiation causing breast cancer. She explained,
I watched my mom get mammograms for almost 30 years almost, and at the end of that, she had breast cancer, and I said, ‘Huh. Radiation exposure for years equals breast cancer. Yeah, I’m going to pass. Thanks anyway.’
She went on to explain that because she avoided mammograms she didn’t find out about her tumor until she was at a more advanced stage of cance. Tearing up she said,
I wish I could go back. I have a 9 year old I need to be here for and I have no intention of leaving him.
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