August 26, 2008
Sex And The City star Cynthia Nixon's first thought when she was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago was 'this wasn't a big deal'.
The 42-year-old actress had watched her mother Anne successfully battled the disease 30 years ago and was confident she would follow suit after doctors told her she had stage 1 cancer.
Nixon, who played feisty lawyer Miranda Hobbes in the cult TV show and subsequent movie, only revealed her battle with the disease earlier this year.
The actress decided to go public after she was approached by American cancer charity Susan G Komen for the Cur to be their spokeswoman.
She tells U.S. magazine Shape: 'They'd heard me speak about my mother's breast cancer before.
'They didn't even know I had it myself.'
After witnessing her mother fight the disease twice decades earlier, Nixon had undergone regular mammograms from the age of 35 and was diagnosed with cancer in October 2006 - several days after her fifth breast screening.
She recalled: 'The doctor said the tumour was so small, he wouldn't have even noticed it except for the fact that it wasn't there on previous X-rays.
'I've learned that if you catch breast cancer early, the chances are overwhelmingly good that you'll be cured.
'So my attitude, which very much mirrored my mother's, was this wasn't a big deal'
Despite Nixon's relaxed attitude to the illness, her partner Christine Marinoni and children Samantha, 12, and Charles, five, were worried.
Nixon brought her family to meet her surgeon, who explained the survival rate of stage 1 breast cancer was 98 per cent.
The actress underwent six weeks of radiation treatment after undergoing a lumpectomy.
She said: '"I was doing a play and I didn't want to miss any performances.
'So the surgeon made special arrangements to do the procedure on a Sunday, when the theatre was dark.'
The full interview with Nixon appears in the October issue of Shape magazine.