Food Network's Sandra Lee Reveals She Has Breast Cancer & Urges Women to Consider Earlier Screenings

sandra lee breast cancerStunning Food Network chef Sandra Lee has been diagnosed with breast cancer and plans to undergo a double mastectomy this week after a routine mammogram revealed she has DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). Contained within the milk ducts, this noninvasive cancer can spread if it is left untreated.

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The 48-year-old who's known for her semi-homemade cooking style says she opted for the double mastectomy because she never wants "to go through this again." 

The longtime partner of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo added that she's grateful she didn't want until she turned 50 to have the breast cancer screening done.  

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"My doctor called me a poster girl for mammography," Lee told People, who named her one of its most beautiful people earlier this year.

Once Lee has recovered, she may hang up her apron temporarily while she spreads the word about the importance of early detection. 

At what age did you have your first mammogram?


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