Thu 6 Sep, 2012 02:42 pm
September 5, 2012, 2:03 p.m. ET
.Author Judy Blume diagnosed with breast cancer
NEW YORK — Children's author Judy Blume says she was diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer but is "feeling stronger every day" after surgery.
The 74-year-old Blume wrote on her blog Wednesday that she learned in June that she had cancer and underwent a mastectomy and reconstruction in late July. She writes that she now walks a couple of miles each morning and dines out at night. Blume hopes to begin writing again soon.
She noted that her cancer hadn't been detected by a mammogram or regular physical exam because she has dense breast tissue. Her message for women in a similar situation: Get a sonogram.
Bloom's books include "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret?", "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" and "Deenie."
Important points about this article include:
1. The appearance of breast cancer at age 74
2. Use of sonography to detect abnormalites in dense breast tissue
The median age at diagnosis for cancer of the breast in American women is 61 years of age.
The median age at death for breast cancer is 68 years of age for American women.