Christina Applegate on October Cover of Women’s Health Magazine

Breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate will appear on the cover of the October issue of Women’s Health Magazine. There, she candidly talks about her struggles with the diagnosis, the need for laughter when undergoing cancer treatment, and even how she preferred her old breasts to the reconstructed ones. She also says that the experience has taught her that women to know more about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. To this end, she started a foundation, Right Action for Women to focus on testing and early detection. Applegate credits her good outcome to getting a breast MRI which is recommended by the American Cancer Society for women at increased risk for breast cancer. However, Applegate learned that “this service is not always covered by insurance and many women across the country cannot afford the high costs of a breast MRI. I hope through the creation of Right Action for Women we can provide aid to those individuals who are at increased risk for breast cancer and do not have insurance or the financial flexibility to cover the high costs associated with breast screenings.”

This year, Applegate is also an Ambassador for the Lee’s National Demin Day, which is on October 2nd. On this day, people are urged to wear jeans to work and to sponsor teams to raise money. The donated money goes to support breast cancer research at centers across the country.

Watch Christina Applegate talk to Chris Cuomo on Good Morning America about this opportunity:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YYfNUjMD48

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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