‘The Bold Type’ Star Katie Stevens Opens Up About ‘Emotional’ Breast Cancer Scare

Katie Stevens is getting real about a breast cancer scare.

The “Bold Type” actress, 26, took to Instagram on Friday to share an “emotional” story with fans in hopes her followers will learn to listen to their bodies.

“I like to work out because it gives me a little bit of control in terms of my health, in that, I’m doing what I can to move my body, eat well, and do the best I can for my body,” she wrote, captioning a post-workout snap. “As I learned this week, there are some things that are out of our control. You can’t really control some of the changes happening in your body.”

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I like to workout because it gives me a little bit of control in terms of my health, in that, I’m doing what I can to move my body, eat well, and do the best I can for my body. As I learned this week, there are some things that are out of our control. You can’t really control some of the changes happening in your body. I didn’t know if I should share this but, what the heck. I had a little bit of a health scare this week. I want to preface this story by saying that I am 100% okay. But I feel that based on the fact that I play Jane on The Bold Type, I feel a responsibility to share my own personal story. On wednesday morning before work, I don’t know why but I decided to give myself a self breast exam, when I felt something that wasn’t normal. There was a lump in my breast. I had never felt one before, and it didn’t feel like normal breast tissue. It was clearly a lump, and that was alarming since I do these exams on myself regularly to have a clear knowledge of my breasts in case this circumstance ever occurred. I was in a panic, so emotional… My wedding is soon, I’m in the middle of shooting this season.. I needed clarity. I made an appointment with a breast specialist immediately, got an ultrasound, and quickly got the results that I had a benign tumor called a fibroadenoma. I feel very lucky and grateful and was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief. I have to continue to monitor it every 6 months, but women get these all the time, many women in my family have them too. I wanted to share this story because this is SO common for women as we get older, but it doesn’t make it any less alarming or scary. We should be having more conversations about this, and the biggest takeaway is: if you have something going on that you think might be a health issue, don’t wait. Get it checked out. It’s scary to find out that something might be wrong, but the quicker you get the information, the quicker you can do something about it, OR (in my case) the quicker you can have peace of mind! Knowledge is power. I now have an awareness of my body that I didn’t have before. And again, I’m 100% okay, happy and healthy and appreciating this body that I’m in. 💕

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“I didn’t know if I should share this but, what the heck. I had a little bit of a health scare this week,” she continued. “I want to preface this story by saying that I am 100% okay. But I feel that based on the fact that I play Jane on ‘The Bold Type’, I feel a responsibility to share my own personal story.”

And Stevens is thankful she randomly decided to give herself a breast exam.

“I had never felt one before, and it didn’t feel like normal breast tissue,” she recalled. “It was clearly a lump, and that was alarming since I do these exams on myself regularly to have a clear knowledge of my breasts in case this circumstance ever occurred.”

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After receiving the results, Stevens was relieved.

“I needed clarity… I feel very lucky and grateful and was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief,” she explained. “I have to continue to monitor it every 6 months, but women get these all the time, many women in my family have them too.”

Stevens is currently filming the upcoming fourth season of “The Bold Type”.

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