Shannen Doherty Reveals She's Battling Breast Cancer

Actress Shannen Doherty is battling breast cancer, news she confirmed to People after legal documents appeared on TMZ disclosing the information.

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In an exclusive statement to the weekly she said:

Yes, I have breast cancer, and I am currently undergoing treatment. I am continuing to eat right, exercise and stay very positive about my life. I am thankful to my family, friends and doctors for their support and, of course, my fans who have stood by me.

Shannen, who amassed died-hard fans as 90210's Brenda Walsh, is suing her business manager for neglecting to pay her insurance premiums, which resulted in a lapse in health care coverage.

During this time, a period which extended over portions of 2014, she did not receive medical care. While she first received the breast cancer diagnosis in March 2015, legal documents (the ones leaked on TMZ) attest that she was told the cancer spread in 2014, the very time when she was uninsured and, as a result, wasn't under any kind of medical advisement.

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The lawsuit alleges that Shannen has been unable to work since the diagnosis while hit with the double whammy of "significant" medical bills.

As a huge 90210 fan (Brenda and Dylan forever!), this news is just heartbreaking. It's also terribly troubling that the actress wasn't receiving medical care during a time when she could have benefitted from early treatment because she was uninsured, particularly if her coverage did lapse at the fault of someone she trusted.

Here's hoping she gets the treatment she needs to kick cancer's butt.


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