Clea Shearer, co-founder of The Home Edit, a home organizing company, announced that she has breast cancer and shared a message encouraging women to be their own health advocates.
Shearer, a Nashville-based mother of two, shared on Instagram Thursday that she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer after finding a lump in her breast in February.
She said her OBGYN was unable to see her, so she had to see her primary care physician for a mammogram.
“I had to request a mammogram from my GP which led to an ultrasound and then an emergency triple biopsy,” Shearer wrote in an Instagram post. “I have two tumors, 1cm each, which are aggressive and fast moving – but I caught it early. If I hadn’t taken it upon myself, I would be in a completely different situation right now.”
Shearer, 40, said in a later Instagram Story that she had an invasive type of breast cancer, which means the cancer has spread into surrounding breast tissue, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The Netflix ‘Get Organized with The Home Edit’ star said she was having a double mastectomy and shared a photo of herself in the hospital on Friday awaiting surgery.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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On average, more than 255,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, and more than 40,000 people die from the disease each year, according to the CDC.
According to the CDC, breast cancer screening — which includes mammograms, home breast self-examinations, and clinical breast exams performed by a doctor or nurse — can help detect the disease early, when it is easier to deal with.
Shearer said she decided to share her battle with cancer publicly to encourage other women to “regularly self-examine, always stand up for yourself, and prioritize your health over your busy schedules.”
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She noted that she was under 40 when her tumors were discovered and had no family history of breast cancer.
“The most important thing for everyone to remember is that I found these tumors myself,” Shearer said on her Instagram Stories. “I felt something and I said something.”
“I implore you all. I implore you. Please check yourselves regularly. Please fight for your own tests and scans, even if your doctor does not help you, and please put your health first. “, she added.
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