If you were alive in the ’90s, you knew Shannen Doherty from TV classics Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed. But the star sadly revealed in an exclusive statement to People that she’s now fighting breast cancer.
The 44-year-old actress is currently undergoing treatment and looking to fitness and loved ones to help her through. “I am continuing to eat right, exercise, and stay very positive about my life,” said Doherty. “I am thankful to my family, friends, and doctors for their support, and, of course, my fans who have stood by me.”
Doherty was first diagnosed in March 2015, but only recently came out due to exposed legal documents on TMZ that revealed a lawsuit against her former business manager. The lawsuit found him responsible for the period Doherty was medically uninsured because of neglecting insurance payments. Had her finances been properly settled, it’s possible that the cancer could have been kept from spreading when it did in 2014.
Just because we never know when or if it might happen to us does not mean we shouldn’t be aware of changes in our body. Knowing the right foods to help prevent breast cancer and actively taking preventative measures can go a long way toward staying protected. Don’t wait until you’re given a reason to care.
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