David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, and his fiancee, Rodene Ronquillo, recently rushed to the courthouse to get married after some news. And no, the news wasn't of an impending little Bowie. (Does that really make anyone rush to the courthouse these days?) It was far worse news: Rodene was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.
Duncan and Rodene, who is only 32, were so overwhelmed by the news, they decided to immediately go from being engaged to married. It looks like Rodene has Duncan to thank for discovering her cancer, too.
Duncan, who is a film director, revealed in a series of tweets that he and Rodene had been playing around in bed one morning, "frisking about," as he cutely puts it, when he felt a lump in her breast. Doctors did a biopsy and determined it was cancer. Duncan wrote:
I love my wife more than anyone. She's young as can be. Women are getting breast cancer younger & younger. Women? check yourselves! ..& men? Touch up your loved ones. You may save the life of the person you love.
It's true that women are getting breast cancer fairly young -- though I don't know if it's any younger than at other times in history. Madonna's mother was only 30 when she died of breast cancer. It does just so happen that I know of three women, two in their early 30s and one in her late 20s, who were diagnosed with breast cancer in the last few years.
It is scary. But it also highlights the need for young women to not be lax about giving themselves breast exams, since yearly mammograms don't start until a woman reaches 40. (And some doctors and insurance companies are calling for that to be even later.)
Duncan sounds like an amazing husband. He not only married Rodene on the same day she was diagnosed, but he shaved his head in solidarity. Duncan, who was known as Zowie for awhile, grew up with his dad, superstar singer David. Sounds like he raised him right!
Do you know anyone under 40 who got breast cancer?
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