Taylor Swift’s Mother Andrea Has Cancer

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Stunning pop wunderkind and songwriter Taylor Swift has revealed troubling news from her family, and she shared it with the world on her Tumblr.

Her mother, Andrea Finlay Swift, who has been instrumental in her career building and guidance, is diagnosed with cancer.

Taylor wrote:

I’m writing to you with an update I wish I wasn’t giving you, but it’s important and I’m used to sharing important events in my life with you. Usually when things happen to me, I process them and then write music about how I feel, and you hear it much later. This is something my family and I thought you should know about now.

Swift urged her mother to get baseline tests to make sure everything was okay. What they found was cancer:

“For Christmas this year, I asked my mom that one of her gifts to me be her going to the doctor to get screened for any health issues, just to ease some worries of mine. She agreed, and went in to get checked. There were no red flags and she felt perfectly fine, but she did it just to get me and my brother off her case about it…The results came in, and I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer. I’d like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know.”

When you reach certain ages in life, it is wise to get tests to baseline for doctors evaluating your health. Cancer.org has compiled a checklist you can see here to get checked out. People who are at increased risk for certain cancers may need to follow a different testing schedule, such as starting at an earlier age or being tested more often. Those with symptoms that could be related to cancer should see their doctor right away.

Example: Follow one of these schedules for those at average risk of colorectal cancer:

Flexible sigmoidoscopy

  • 50 and over
  • Every 5 years

Colonoscopy

  • 50 and over
  • Every 10 years

Double-contrast barium enema (DCBE)

  • 50 and over
  • Every 5 years

CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy)

  • 50 and over
  • Every 5 years

Guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (FOBT)**

  • 50 and over
  • Yearly

Fecal immunochemical test (FIT)**

  • 50 and over
  • Yearly

Stool DNA test3

  • 50 and over
  • Every 3 years

Swift added, “She wanted you to know because your parents may be too busy juggling everything they’ve got going on to go to the doctor, and maybe you reminding them to go get checked for cancer could possibly lead to an early diagnosis and an easier battle… Or peace of mind in knowing that they’re healthy and there’s nothing to worry about. She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour. She’s got an important battle to fight.”

 

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