Teresa Heinz, wife of former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, wrote in an op-ed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday that she was diagnosed and treated for stage one cancer in both breasts and has had two operations.
Thanking a physician Heinz, 71, wrote, “The cancer was detected at an early stage thanks to a mammogram and the work of a remarkable physician who insisted on investigating beyond what the mammogram could show.”
Opposition from the U. S. Preventative Service Task Force to new mammogram guidelines prompted Heinz to open up about her cancer after keeping the news under cover for two-months.
Heinz, heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune, said it was in late September when she found out that she had cancer in her left breast after having her annual mammogram.
She had also recommended Elizabeth Edwards her surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital after Edwards found out that she had breast cancer just as her husband, former Sen. John Edwards, of North Carolina, was concluding his stint as Kerry's vice presidential running mate.