11/08/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Cynthia Nixon On Cancer: "I Come From A Long Line Of Strong Women"

My involvement in breast cancer is also personal. My mother had breast cancer twice, the first time when I was about 13.

She was comfortable in the medical world because it was her mother's world. She passed that on to me. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I knew it wasn't a death sentence. People who've had cancer share an instant bond. I did the Komen Race for the Cure in Washington a few months ago. It was incredible for me to be surrounded by survivors. We wore pink; it was a parade of pink.

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