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‘Growing Pains’ star Joanna Kerns had a double mastectomy

“Growing Pains” star Joanna Kerns shared that she underwent a double mastectomy last year.

The 64-year-old opened up for the first time about her cancer diagnosis last year, revealing that in December she underwent a double mastectomy after two lummpectomies to avoid risking radiation, People reported.

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Joanna Kerns is getting candid about her bout with breast cancer.

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Kerns had the surgery just one week for her “Growing Pain” co-star Alan Thicke’s death.

“Had I not caught my cancer this early on, I would have had to have a year of chemotherapy, and because of the reoccurrence and aggressiveness of this particular type of cancer, which was non-invasive HER2, I chose to do the mastectomy,” she told People.

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The actress had now been given the “all clear,” which she describes as “the best of the results I could have had.”

Kerns told the mag that diagnosis was a surprise because she had no family history of the disease nad had regulary screenings and exams.


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“This time I had missed a couple of years in there due to work and family issues, and suddenly I turn around, and it’s two years later, and I hadn’t done it and I have cancer ,” she explained. “It was quite shocking.”

The actress, who famously played Maggie Seaver on the ABC sitcom, spoke of the loss of her dear co-star Thicke just one month after her surgery.

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“It was so devastating,” Kerns said. “It was just a very, very hard time.”

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