In a blog post published this morning, celebrated author Judy Blume—the writer behind classics like Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing—revealed that she has undergone a mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis in early June.
A biopsy of dense breast tissue revealed invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), in its early and small stages. Accounting for 80% of cases, IDC is the most common form of breast cancer, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine; the tumor forms in the duct and infiltrates the fatty tissue of the breast.
Blume, 74, writes that she could have opted for a lumpectomy and radiation but instead chose a mastectomy and reconstruction with a silicone implant.
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