Kathy Bates has become the latest celebrity to reveal a battle with breast cancer, announcing publicly today that she's recovering from surgery after a diagnosis two months ago.
"After much consideration, I underwent a double mastectomy," the 64-year-old said in a statement to People magazine. "Luckily, I don't have to undergo radiation or chemo. My family call me Kat because I always land on my feet and thankfully this is no exception."
Bates, who beat ovarian cancer nine years ago, says her prognosis after the surgery remains positive.
"My doctors have assured me I'm going to be around for a long time," she says. "I'm looking forward to getting back to work doing what I love to do."
Just last week, celebrated author Judy Blume announced that she underwent surgery for a mastectomy this summer after a cancer diagnosis in June.
"I have to thank Dr. S, the radiologist who's been doing my mammograms for 20 years," she wrote on her site. "If she hadn't decided I should have a sonogram because of dense breast tissue we still wouldn't know. This didn't show up in a mammo or in physical exams, and I'm checked by doctors four times a year. Even the breast surgeon couldn’t feel this one. If you have dense breast tissue ask your radiologist about having a sonogram."
Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. As of 2011, there were more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
To learn more about symptoms and treatments, please visit BreastCancer.org for more information.