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The Biggest Little Star for Breast Cancer Awareness

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014

"I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph."— Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple, who rose to fame as one of the most popular child stars in Hollywood, died late Monday night at 85 years old in her home in Woodside, California.

Shirley Temple was probably best known for movies such as Curly Top, The Little Princess and Heidi, but she was much more than that for breast cancer patients. She was their ambassador and a voice that broke the stigma of talking publicly about breast cancer.

In 1972, she underwent a mastectomy to remove a malignant tumor from her left breast and although at that time operations for cancer were shrouded in secrecy, she rose above the silence and held a news conference in her hospital room to speak out about her mastectomy, urging women to take preventative actions and to do a breast self-exam. She later went on to publicly educate women about her surgery and the disease in addition to raising awareness and funding for breast cancer research.

She may have stopped believing in Santa Claus at a young age, but she never stopped believing in her mission of educating people about breast cancer prevention and screenings.

The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital encourages women to follow the American Cancer Society's (ACS) guidelines for breast cancer screening.

Breast Cancer Screening

  • Breast Self-Exam (BSE)
  • Clinical Breast Examination (CBE)
  • Screening Mammogram

About Doylestown Health's Breast Center

Doylestown Health's Breast Center offers comprehensive breast cancer and well-breast care, close to home. From early detection through advanced screening options like 3D mammography, to complex surgical treatments including nipple-sparing mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery, the experts at Doylestown Health are your resource for total breast health. As a member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson, Doylestown Health Cancer Institute oncology patients have access to innovative clinical trials, expert second opinions and the latest information in the field of cancer genetics.

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