ELIZABETH Hurley “bullies” her friends into getting screened for breast cancer.
The 49-year-old actress – whose grandmother passed away from the disease in 1992 – believes it is vital to undergo regular mammograms and often pays for her pals to have the potentially life-saving checks.
She said:”I bully all my friends and families to check their own breasts every month and to have an annual mammogram if over 40. I have given mammograms to friends who can’t afford one for their birthdays.”
Elizabeth admits her grandmother was “frightened” to speak out when she first found a lump in her breast and thinks education on the disease was very limited at the time.
Talking to The Times newspaper about her grandmother’s death, she said: “At that time, there was so little written about breast cancer. The pink ribbon had yet to be invented and the words ‘breast cancer’ were only whispered.
“My late grandmother hadn’t told anyone about the lump she’d found in her breast for some time as she was frightened. Finally, she plucked up courage to tell her doctor but by this time it had grown significantly and the cancer had spread. She underwent a double mastectomy but it was too late and she died soon after.” – BANG!