Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Camille Grammer is in the news for a brand new reason right now: early cancer detection, not drama!
No, she doesn't have cancer right now, but she IS speaking out in favor of testing, because she carries one of the genetic mutations for several forms of cancer — and has been undergoing aggressive tests for years.
Here's what she said, having had her mother diagnosed with ovarian cancer just two years ago:
“We got lucky with my mom because it was caught rather early, at stage two. She had a hysterectomy, and did very well. She has since gotten a different form of bladder and kidney cancer, but she is doing very well and has a positive attitude. To see my mother struggle with this and do so well is just such an inspiration to me. My mom encouraged me to get tested, and I did. No, it’s not fun doing these tests every year, but I firmly believe that knowledge and early detection is the best prevention.”
We agree — but you've gotta be careful with false-positives, like what plagues mammograms.
“I am a carrier of the BRCA 2 gene and I had myself tested after my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer several years ago. I’m currently undergoing my yearly cancer screening tests because I believe that early detection is the best prevention. I will be having my mammogram, colonoscopy and endoscopy in the next week. I have already had my annual blood tests and tissue samples, and so far, everything looks good.
“I think so many people are scared of getting tested because of fear of the unknown, and I understand that. But once you get into the doctor’s office and get the tests done, the more peace of mind you can have. Knowledge is power and I would encourage all women to get mammograms when their doctors tell them to. As women, we tend to put ourselves last in our lives as we are focused on our kids and family. However, I’m doing this so I will be around to watch my kids grow up. It’s for them truly that I’m doing this, I love my kids so much.”
This is a wonderful message, and we hope more women pick up on it. Using her fame and her show as a platform… well, we can't think of a better way to spend out time than helping others!
We hope all continues to be well, Camille!
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