the 42-year-old "Sex and the City" star, revealed on "Good Morning America" that she was diagnosed with
breast cancer two years ago. Nixon has been named the official 2008 spokeswoman for the Susan
G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
"I want them [women] most to hear me saying that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself," Cynthia said. "So the only thing to really be afraid of is if you don't go get your mammograms, because there's some part of you that doesn't want to know, and that's the thing that's going to trip you up. That's the thing that could have a really bad endgame."
The disease runs in Cynthia's family, having struck bother mother and grandmother.
"I always sort of thought, 'I'm probably going to get breast cancer. There's a really good chance,'" she said. "I go for my completely routine mammogram and then I get a call from my gynecologist. And she says, 'Well, I have some -- it's not such great news, but here it is, but it's very small and we're just going to get in there and take it right out, right away, and then you'll probably have radiation."
She broke the news to her children gently and with optimism. "I talked to them together and, basically, I told them, 'You know, they found some breast cancer in my right breast. It's very small. It's very early. I'm going to have an operation. They're going to take it out, and then we're going to have six-and-a-half weeks of radiation every weekday, and this is like what Grandma went through and I'm going to be fine."
The reason she kept her disease quiet? She didn't want paparazzi at the hospital when she was going through treatment. But all's well that ends well.
"As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor," knowing my personal risk made me more aware and more empowered when I faced my own diagnosis," she said.
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