Prayers Up! Former BET/MTV Host Ananda Lewis Reveals She Has Stage 3 Breast Cancer

TV Personality Ananda Lewis visits Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 21
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Former host of BET’s Teen Summit and her self-titled show on MTV, Ananda Lewis, shared some life-changing news. 

She revealed she’s been battling stage 3 breast cancer for two years. She shared her story on social media and began with apologizing to her family and friends for not sharing the news with them first personally. 

“That phrase ‘Don’t talk about it be about it,’ that’s been my life for almost two years and honestly there’s nothing any of you could have done so I apologize if you felt like I excluded you. It wasn’t personal, it was just something I needed.”

The 47-year-old chose to talk about this now in light of October being breast cancer awareness month. She admits that she should have gotten a mammogram earlier which could have prevented cancer from getting worse. She begs for people to get checked. 

“If I had done the mammograms from the time they were recommended when I turned 40, they would’ve caught the tumor in my breast years before I caught it through my own self exam and thermography. And they would have caught it at a place where it was more manageable. Where the treatment of it would have been a little easier. It’s never easy, but I use that word in comparison to what I’m going through now. Instead, what I’m dealing with is stage 3 breast cancer that is in my lymphs. I need you to get your mammograms.”

Ananda uses alternative and natural treatments, which is helping to stop cancer from spreading, but she said she still has work to do. She also said she wants to be here she loves life and has a 9-year-old son to care for.

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