Judy Blume recovering from breast cancer

Author Judy Blume attends the L.A. Times Festival

Author Judy Blume attends the L.A. Times Festival of Books at the USC campus in Los Angeles. Blume said Sept. 5 she was diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer but is "feeling stronger every day" after surgery. (April 21, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Best-selling young-adult novelist Judy Blume, whose books include "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" and "Superfudge," wrote on her blog Wednesday that she is recovering from a mastectomy for breast cancer.

"Now it's one month post-surgery," Blume, 74, wrote. "I'm still in NY and feeling stronger every day."

Blume said she canceled a five-week trip to Italy, "where I was hoping to finish my new book" after a June 12 visit for a routine sonogram led to her having a biopsy. She learned days later she had ductal carcinoma, and had a breast removed and reconstructed on July 30.

It was her second cancer surgery, she wrote. "I'd had a hysterectomy seventeen years ago (cervical cancer caused by HPV)."

She noted that her cancer hadn't been detected by a mammogram or regular physical exam because she has dense breast tissue.

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