Oscar-winner Renee Zellweger was given the Courage Award from the Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) on Thursday night for her work in raising cancer awareness. The fund’s annual An Unforgettable Evening, a Hollywood A-list glitzy affair, puts funding and research for breast cancer in the spotlight.
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Last night An Unforgettable Night raised $1.8 million for @wcrfcure, a program of @bcrfcure, to fund thousands of hours of lifesaving breast cancer research. We’re very grateful for the Los Angeles community’s support. The event honored #reneezellweger with the Courage Award for her support of breast cancer research. In her acceptance speech, the two-time Oscar winner gave a moving tribute to those affected by the disease, including her longtime publicist and women in the room last night. @kenjeong MC’d the event and attended with his wife Tran, a triple negative breast cancer thriver and physician. @BCRFcure investigator Dr. Valerie Weaver, who studies tumor biology, metastasis, and treatment at the University of California, San Francisco, delivered the research keynote, saying, “I believe with all my heart and soul that we can and we will do better to find the answers we need to end breast cancer.” @jonasbrothers ended the night with a rocking performance. Thank you to everyone who turned out to support research and make this night unforgettable. ????: @gettyentertainment
While Zellweger’s speech has yet to be posted online, several stars on the red carpet spoke out about breast cancer. Some emphasized the same message: Get checked.
“Don’t be afraid” of getting a mammogram, said Kyle Richards of “The Housewives of Beverly Hills,” whose mother died of breast cancer. Her mother held off a mammogram for five years, Richards said, because she was nervous. “Don’t be afraid — be afraid not to go,” she said.
“Every year and every day there is new information” about breast cancer, said actor Rita Wilson, one of the evening’s four honorary co-chairs. But “early detection is the most important thing. … A breast self-exam is still really important — and getting a mammogram regularly.”
In April of 2015, Wilson said that she had undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Wilson took to social media to pose with Nick Jonas and to thank Zellweger for her “beautiful speech.”
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LA , you blow me away with your generosity. We raised so much money for breast cancer research tonight! @wcrfcure @bcrfcure THANK YOU! @jonasbrothers performed and rocked the house. Everyone dancing! @nickjonas @joejonas @kevinjonas thank you so much! Our emcee , real life doctor and fantastic actor @kenjeong you’re the best! @tomford #richardbuckley you’re the most fun dinner partners #reneezellweger Your speech was so beautiful. Thank you for being our Woman of Courage recipient tonight. @mozellamusic @rodaworld so happy you we’re both there shining your lights! Let’s find a cure. We can never give up!
Renee Zellweger and Breast Cancer
Breast cancer, Zellweger has told various outlets, has affected many people close to her, including family members.
“My grandmother died from it and two aunts were also diagnosed with it – but it was after a close friend’s diagnosis ten years ago that I saw how brutal breast cancer can be, how it can take over someone’s life, and yet they can fight it with dignity and survive it – that’s inspirational,” she told Glamour.com.
Zellweger has supported Stand Up to Cancer in support of her publicist and close friend, Nanci Ryder, a breast cancer survivor (who now has ALS).
In interviews, Zellweger has mentioned a breast cancer scare of her own. After getting lumps checked that she found during a self-examination, she was told they were fibroadenomas, the most common type of benign breast tumors.
When Should I Get a Mammogram?
There is a wide consensus that women should have annual mammograms between the ages of 45 and 54. But there is some disagreement among doctors as to whether mammograms are beneficial for women between the ages of 40 and 45. This is an option you should, of course, discuss with your own doctor.
Dr. Connie Lehman, chief of Breast Imaging Division at Massachusetts General Hospital
If you’re older than 55, you can choose to continue your annual mammograms or opt to have one every two years, says Dr. Connie Lehman, Chief of the Breast Imaging Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. If you’re post-menopausal, Dr. Lehman says you may be able to reduce the frequency of your mammograms to every other year.