Ananda Lewis courageously took to social media on Friday (October 2) and revealed she has been privately battling breast cancer for two years. 

In a video posted on her official Instagram page, the 47-year-old former BET host shared why she refused to get mammograms for years and why other women shouldn’t make the same “mistake.”

I am sharing this with you today because it’s the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I have been fighting to get cancer out of MY body for almost 2 years.

For a really long time, I have refused mammograms and that was a mistake.

Ananda went on to say she watched her mother get mammograms for 30 years and at the end she did have breast cancer.

She was convinced all the radiation her mother had been exposed to during the mammograms is what actually caused her mother’s breast cancer. 

Now, she’s feels differently. 

What I didn’t understand and I need you to understand, the reason I am here telling you my business is because: I would have had probably 3 or 4 mammograms by the time they caught it. INSTEAD, I’ve had to have 2 PET scans so far! 

Guess how many mommagrams worth of radiation a PET scan is. Anyone? 30! 30! So 60 mammograms! You do the math.

Watch the video below:

I appreciate Ananda Lewis for her transparency and I hope by sharing her story other women will be motivated to get a mammogram.

Please join me in sending Ananda prayers and love.

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