ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Andrea Evans (Tina) is now making her private battle with stage one breast cancer public. Diagnosed this past April following her annual mammogram, Evans tells Soaps In Depth that she initially didn't feel any abnormalities during her routine self-exam. "I missed it, and that frequently happens," she says, adding that she instantly hit the ground running with treatment.
"It was my choice to go through more aggressive treatment because I want the chances of recurrence to be null and non-existent. I had options presented to me that would have been the easier route. I chose the more difficult route because I don't want to go through this again," explains Evans, who returned to the OLTL set only a few weeks after completing chemotherapy and undergoing reconstructive surgery.
"It was very important for me to come forward now that the treatment is done. I'm back at work not only to let the fans know how important they are to me, but to have the fans see what they wanted -- Tina and Cord together again," smiles Evans. With a clean bill of health and literally a new lease on life, the beloved actress hopes that sharing her story will help other women to be proactive. "If you feel something, take care of it. Get your mammograms," insists Evans who for years served as the celebrity ambassador for City Of Hope's Breast Cancer Walk. "I stood on podiums all over the country telling women to get their mammograms, and that same advice saved my life!"
Editor's Note: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.