Elizabeth Hurley Always Schedules A Mammogram Around Her Birthday
The Austin Powers star is the global ambassador of The Estee Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Campaign.
Elizabeth Hurley always schedules a mammogram around her birthday.
Hurley, who is the global ambassador of The Estee Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Campaign, was first approached by the late Evelyn Lauder, cosmetics mogul Estée Lauder's daughter-in-law, nearly 30 years ago.
It was also Lauder who scheduled Hurley's first mammogram as a 40th-birthday gift. Her birthday is on June 30.
The Bedazzled star, 57, told People: "She made me promise to have regular mammograms after that, and to always think of them in June, my birth month, which I do. Evelyn preached self-detection for those too young for mammograms. She always said women have to be taught at puberty, ideally by a doctor, to check their own breasts — every month, religiously."
Hurley also said she's proud to have been able to use her social media platforms to encourage women to go for a checkup as soon as possible if they find a lump and urged women to continue to check themselves for symptoms.
"When people come up to me and say, 'I saw your Instagram post about checking your breasts. I checked myself and found a lump and went to the doctor and was diagnosed with cancer. But I've been treated, and I'm okay.' Those are the achievements that really tick the boxes.
"Some people will still think breast cancer is a death sentence, whereas in fact, we know it's 90% curable if found early. People need to know that. They also need to know that if they ignore it, if they don't self check, if they don't have regular mammograms when they're of suitable age, it could still be very bad. It's not rosy."
According to the Singapore Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer among women in Singapore. Click here for more information on screening. — BANG SHOWBIZ
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