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Olivia Munn reveals breast cancer diagnosis and double mastectomy

Olivia Munn revealed that she was privately battling breast cancer.

The 'Newsroom' star, 43, shared her diagnosis in an Instagram posted Wednesday, telling fans that she's had four surgeries in the past 10 months and has spent “so many days” in bed that she “can't even count.”

“Surprisingly, I only cried twice,” she wrote. “I guess I didn't feel like it was time to cry. My focus narrowed and I signaled any emotions that I thought might interfere with my ability to stay lucid.”

Munn described taking a genetic test in February 2023 in order to be “proactive” about her health, during which she tested negative for 90 different cancer genes. She also said she had a normal mammogram that winter, but was diagnosed with breast cancer two months later.


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Munn shared that she wouldn't have discovered the cancer until a year later, during her next mammogram, if her obstetrician-gynecologist hadn't decided to calculate her breast cancer risk assessment score. The doctor determined that, based on several factors, including Munn's age and family history, his lifetime risk was 37 percent.

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That led Munn to have an MRI, ultrasound and biopsy, she said. The biopsy revealed she had Luminal B cancer, an “aggressive, fast-growing cancer,” in both breasts, Munn said, adding that she had a double mastectomy a month later.

“I tend to let people see me when I have energy, when I can get dressed and get out of the house, when I can take my little boy to the park,” Munn wrote. “I kept the diagnosis, worry, recovery, pain medication and paper gowns confidential. I needed to catch my breath and get through some of the hardest parts before sharing.”

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In her post, Munn urged her followers to ask their doctors to calculate their breast cancer risk assessment score, reflecting that her obstetrician-gynecologist's decision to do so “saved my life.”

“I’m lucky,” Munn also said. “We figured it out with enough time for me to have a choice. I want the same for any woman who might have to deal with it one day.”

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Munn welcomed a son, Malcolm, with the comedian John Mulaney in 2021. She thanked Mulaney for “the nights he spent researching the meaning of every operation and medication and what side effects and recovery I could expect.” She also said that Mulaney was always there before and after her surgeries and she would put framed photos of Malcolm next to her, so it was the first thing she saw when she woke up.

The Instagram post included several photos and videos of Munn in hospital beds, including one showing a framed photo of Mulaney and their son on a table.

The actress, who starred in films like “X-Men: Apocalypse” And “Magic Mike“, received an outpouring of support on social media after sharing her diagnosis.

“Thank you for fighting so hard to be there for us. Malc and I love you,” Mulaney commented.

Niecy Nash, Kaley Cuoco And Monica Lewinsky sent their love in the Instagram comments, with Lewinsky writing: “I love you so much, my smart, kind, beautiful friend. You have been so strong…and know that we are all here to help hold space and continue to send love and light.”

Munn's obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi, also commented on her post: “You are my hero. Your message will save so many lives. I love you so much.”

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