After getting a “routine mammogram” in 2006, Cynthia Nixon, 42, was told her results were anything but normal: She had cancer.
The actress, and mom of Samantha, 11, and Charles, 4, revealed on Good Morning America this week that even though she felt “scared … I was very cognizant of it.” Cynthia continued, “If it’s going to happen, this is the best way for it to happen – that it’s found so early, and we can just get right on it.” The reason she kept quiet about her diagnosis she says, is, “I didn’t want paparazzi at the hospital.”
On the show, Cynthia revealed that her mother had also overcome breast cancer. And as she went through the experience as a little girl, she knew she had to find the right way to tell her children she had the disease. Cynthia said she “made a big point” of talking to Samantha and Charles about her cancer. “I basically told them they found some cancer in my right breast,” Cynthia called saying. “It’s very small and 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,” she went on. “This is what grandma went through, and I’m going to be fine.”
“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,” Cynthia said.