The movie and television actress Vanessa Bell Calloway, who is best known for her roles in What’s Love Got to Do with It and Coming to America, has her own story to tell…her battle with cancer.

Calloway has always been a stickler for good health. As a former dancer, she exercised consistently and followed a healthy diet for the most part. She was also diligent about her annual mammograms and pap smears, and thought she was doing all of the right things. Yet, about four years ago, she knew something in her body just wasn’t right. She just felt it.

“I thought they were going to tell me that I had some incurable blood disease – I’m very dramatic! I had missed my mammogram because the place I usually went to closed,” the actress said. “I had to find a new place, but life happened, and I got busy. However, breast cancer — that was the last thing on my mind because since the age of 40, my mammograms came back clear.”

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