Cynthia Nixon reveals breast cancer diagnosis 'wasn't big deal'
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon has revealed she was unperturbed when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer.
The actress discovered she was suffering from the illness two years ago and has admitted in an interview for U.S magazine, Shape, that she didn’t think the diagnosis ‘was a big deal’.
The 42-year-old had already had experience of cancer when he mother successfully battled the illness 30 years ago and believed she would fight the disease too as it was caught in the very early stages.
Doctors told the star she had stage 1 cancer. Nixon, who regularly underwent mammograms from the age of 35, recalls: ‘The doctor said the tumour was so small, he wouldn’t have even noticed it except for the fact that it wasn’t there on previous X-rays.
‘I’ve learned that if you catch breast cancer early, the chances are overwhelmingly good that you’ll be cured. So my attitude, which very much mirrored my mother’s, was this wasn’t a big deal.’
The 42-year-old spoke publicly about her illness earlier this year after she was approached by American cancer charity, Susan G Komen for the Cur, to be their spokeswoman. At the time, however, the charity did not know Nixon was battling the disease, but had simply heard her speak openly about supporting her mother through breast cancer.
Nixon was treated with radiation for six weeks and underwent a lumpectomy. She reveals: ‘I was doing a play and I didn’t want to miss any performances. So the surgeon made special arrangements to do the procedure on a Sunday, when the theatre was dark.’