“Scrubs” star speaks of her mother’s breast cancer

"Scrubs" actress, Judy Reyes, whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. (Image Source: Everyday Health)

"Scrubs" actress, Judy Reyes, whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. (Image Source: Everyday Health)

I enjoy the character of nurse Carla Espinosa in the TV sitcom, “Scrubs”. Recently the actress, Judy Reyes who plays the character of Carla,was interviewed by Everyday Health.com about her mother’s diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer and how her mother coped with a double mastectomy and chemotherapy.

Judy is very aware of the risk of cancer in her family, her cousin having died of breast cancer at 36; her mother having breast cancer, and her grandmother dying of ovarian cancer. “So I know that at least in my immediate family, we carry a risk. I do really have to take care of myself. ” she says, “I get my mammogram and a breast sonogram and my Pap smear done at my checkup. I’m much fitter now than my mother was at this age.”

Judy’s advice to readers who are worried about their own mothers risk of cancer is to “make sure your moms are getting checkups. I know our African-American and our Latin moms, especially, sacrifice themselves to everything else going on in their lives. They surrender to the needs of others: their kids or whoever else needs to be taken care of. We need to take preventive measures. We need to start with getting our screenings. For the sake of traditions, we’re still eating our deep-fried chips and stuff. But consider using olive oil instead of corn oil. We need to exercise and to take walks. It’s really the simple stuff. “

You can read the interview in full here