Passing of Olivia Newton-John a reminder about breast cancer awareness

Olivia Newton John
Olivia Newton-John performs during Fire Fight Australia at ANZ Stadium on February 16, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Photo credit (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A breast cancer surgeon at Stroger Hospital in Illinois says the death of actress and singer Olivia Newton-John serves as a reminder that regular mammograms are important.

Dr. Julie Wecsler, a breast oncology surgeon, said roughly one in every eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes, but notes there is a high survival rate.

Newton-John herself lived 30 years beyond her diagnosis before the recording artist died this week at the age of 73.

Women with no family history of breast cancer should get annual mammograms starting at age 40, Wecsler said — earlier, if there is a history in their family.

She says successful research on breast cancer has led to genetic testing and more specialized care.

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