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It's always great to get a negative result - if you're talking about a breast biopsy.† Rosie O'Donnell got to write "CANCER FREE" in her blog yesterday afternoon, upon finding out that her breast lumps turned out to be benign.† The comedienne and former View moderator was ten when she lost her 39-year old mother to breast cancer. So it's very understandable that O'Donnell, now 48, was worried about the results of her breast biopsies.† The openly lesbian Emmy winner was just 30 when she first had a breast lump removed.
O'Donnell is an outspoken celebrity that has lampooned Donald Trump, Danny DiVito, and former president George Bush.† Aware that many people want to see what she will say, and relating to other women anticipating biopsy results, she blogged, "And I see the faces of the women in the waiting room... praying they too got good news today."
What else could Rosie O'Donnell do, to lower her risk of breast cancer?† Her risks are:† family history of breast cancer, extra weight, approaching menopause, lack of regular exercise, and perhaps diet.† Some risks you are born with - if your mother had breast cancer, there's nothing you can do to change that.† But she could get a personal trainer, work out on a regular schedule, clean up her diet† and nutrition plan, and drop some pounds.† Make that lots of pounds, because as we age, our extra body fat stores estrogen - the hormone that fuels 80% of all breast cancer tumors.
O'Donnell has her own radio show now - so she could be wearing a muumuu to work if she wants to.† Her appearance is not the issue, and not the reason she might like to make some healthy life changes.† If she wants to live out a good example of her life before her kids, she could heed the medical warnings her body has given her.† She co-wrote a book on breast cancer, "Bosom Buddies: Lessons and Laughter on Breast Health and Cancer"- but she didn't write the medical content.† Instead, she jokingly supplied replies to serious questions which required serious answers.
I know what I would say to Rosie O'Donnell right now, if I could.† She has an opportunity here to become a leader, a spokesperson, an educator, and a myth-buster.† She could be setting a world-wide example of how to have fun while becoming healthier.† What a great legacy to leave to her kids!† What advice would you give Rosie?
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