In 2020, Ananda Lewis revealed that she was battling stage three breast cancer. While she is thriving, she revealed the news via Instagram and shared that she learned about her diagnosis later because she refused mammograms.
“If I had done the mammograms from the time they were recommended, when I turned 40, they would have caught the tumor in my breast years before I caught it through my own breast exam—self exam—and thermography,” Lewis said. “And they would have caught it at a place where it was more manageable — where the treatment of it would have been a little easier. It’s never easier, but I use that word in comparison to what I’m going through now. Instead, what I’m dealing with is stage three breast cancer that is in my lymphs. I need you to get your mammograms.”