Suzanne Somers’ first encounter with breast cancer was “treated with a lumpectomy and radiation,” according to Cure. She resisted chemotherapy, and instead relyed on a healthy lifestyle free of chemicals (via Associated Press).
According to Healthline, aggressive breast cancers are more likely to recur and more difficult to treat. Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) blocks lymph vessels in the breast and accounts for up to 5% of people with breast cancer. Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is the second type of aggressive breast cancer and affects 10% to 15% of people with breast cancer. If your breast cancer is treated with a lumpectomy and radiation, your risk of breast cancer returning can be as low as 3% and as high as 15%. The likelihood of breast cancer recurring is within two years after you were first diagnosed, and your risk declines over time.
Somers also battled hyperplasia in her uterus, which is a precancerous condition. She then developed malignant melanoma in her 30s (via CBS News).