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Judy Blume recovering from breast cancer

Author Judy Blume blogged on Sept. 5, 2012

Author Judy Blume blogged on Sept. 5, 2012 that she was diagnosed in June that year with ductal carcinoma, a type of breast cancer. Blume underwent a mastectomy and breast reconstruction; she further revealed in the same blog post that she had also undergone a hysterectomy seventeen years prior to her breast cancer diagnosis that had revealed early-stage cervical cancer, caused by HPV. 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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