Janice Dickinson has been diagnosed with breast cancer, the former model and television entrepreneur announced this morning. Janice has a pea-sized lump inside of her right breast. It was discovered in early March. A biopsy soon revealed the tragic news. Dickinson is now set for surgery and radiation therapy (sadly, radiation therapy is often a precursor to the dreaded chemotherapy process). According to Daily Mail, Dickinson plans to fight the disease and is in seemingly good spirits, all things considered.
“Janice is going to fight and she will not let this diagnosis define her. She wants to encourage all women to have regular checkups, as that is how her cancer was discovered,” said Dickinson’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, in a statement Monday.
Dickinson put up a touching video over the matter. She talks about her fear, the pain in her breast, and her family. (view here if your browser doesn’t display video)
Dickinson makes mention of her breast implants and numerous plastic surgeries, as well as her battles with alcoholism. She doesn’t relate any directly to the cancer diagnosis; she does, however, mention them as if they are worthy contributions to the conversation. Alcohol, in excess, is proven to contribute to cancer.
However, pro-life site Life Site is taking a far different approach. They allege that Dickinson has had two abortions in her life and that abortions are a cause of breast cancer. They also say that Dickinson “should have been told abortion is linked to breast cancer.”
They cite their evidence as starting with a statement issued by the American College of Pediatricians, which reads, “Although the medical community has been reluctant to acknowledge the link, induced abortion prior to a full term delivery, and prior to 32 weeks of gestation, increases the likelihood that a woman will develop breast cancer,” the physicians’ organization stated. “This risk is especially increased for adolescents.”
“Although largely ignored by the mainstream medical community,” the ACP stated, “this risk information deserves a prominent place in the education of all adolescent women who may, in the future, consider an induced abortion.”
Dickinson is now encouraging more women to get regular checkups.