For women, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer. One in eight women will find themselves contracting this illness. For 20 years, actress Elizabeth Hurley has been an ambassador for the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign. To her, this is her most important role ever.
Inspiring Women Worldwide
Hurley spoke to E! News about her involvement with the campaign. One of her favorite things is hearing how she inspired other women to get checked up. “I feel honored and really pleased when a lady will come up to me and say I saw you on TV talking about breast cancer and I went and got a mammogram. I made sure my daughter or my mother gets a mammogram. That to us is the most important thing I think we achieve on some levels,” she told E! News.
Joining The Cause
Evelyn Lauder, who created the pink ribbon, contacted Hurley about teaming up to enhance breast cancer awareness. “She came to me and said, ‘I want to start a new campaign. Will you join in?’ I said yes without even knowing what it was. Then she explained, ‘Women are dying of breast cancer all over the world, and no one is talking about it. I want to change that,'” Hurley told The Cut. “I had just lost my grandmother to cancer a year or two earlier. But cancer was a taboo word; breast cancer was more taboo than any other.”
Over the years, Hurley got to work with Lauder at numerous events. The actress was inspired by Lauder’s strong work ethic. “We would do a five-city tour, starting with an exhausting day in NYC, and then flying to Chicago where I would be ready to go to bed. Evelyn would tell us, “I’ve arranged a cocktail party because there will be an important donor.” Hair and makeup would be arranged to come at 6 a.m., but then she would tell us that she’d arranged to do a radio show. “Evelyn, that gives you only four hours to sleep,” we’d say,” Hurley also told The Cut. “But she never stopped. If there was an opportunity to have our voices heard and have donations, she wasn’t going to pass it up. I never even saw her drink a drop of coffee.” On November 12, 2011, Lauder died from nongenetic ovarian cancer.at 75.
Aside from being an ambassador, Hurley met several people finding a cure for breast cancer. “I’ve met a lot of the research scientists. When they tell me the sorts of things they’re developing…you realize and you just want to say, ‘Hearing you speak is magnificent. I wish that you were multiplied so instead of one person telling me about this particular study, there were 20,'” she told E! News.
Keeping Fighting For Survival
Women aren’t the only ones with horror stories of this disease. “It’s not just the women diagnosed — seeing the trauma it has brought to husbands, fathers, children, and how widespread it is. It’s almost impossible not to be touched by it. In this last year alone, five to six of my friends have had breast cancer scares,” Hurley told The Cut.
Fortunately, more women have been getting mammograms in the United States. While some are hesitant about it, 87 percent of mammograms have been correct. Hurley wants more women to get tested before it’s too late. “It seems people are being diagnosed younger, too, in their 30s and 40s. Many more people are surviving. Mortality rates are down 39 percent since the late 1980s. Things are on the up. But there’s still a lot of work to do. That’s why we are still here,” Hurley also told The Cut.
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