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Know the Warning Signs of Oral Cancer, as Gwyneth Paltrow's Mom Blythe Danner Reveals Diagnosis

By Heather Newgen of ETNT Health | Slide 1 of 6: Emmy-award winning actress Blythe Danner shocked fans when she revealed she battled oral cancer–the same kind that killed her husband Bruce Paltrow in 2002. In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, the mother of Gwyneth Paltrow said, "Everyone is touched by cancer in some way, but it's unusual for a couple to have the same cancer." Danner was diagnosed in 2018 and shared, "I remember I looked up at heaven and said to Bruce, 'Are you lonely up there?' It's a sneaky disease. But I'm fine and dandy now. And I'm lucky to be alive."The Meet the Parents star was working in London when she noticed something was wrong. She said, "I started feeling very woozy and I was forgetting everything. And then I felt a lump in my neck, right next to where Bruce had found his [in 1999]." The 79-year-old was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of oral cancer that often develops in the salivary glands. "I kept it from my kids for a long time. I wanted to forge ahead as a mother, and I didn't want them to worry."Danner had two surgeries soon after her diagnosis and then a third one in 2020, which removed the cancerous tissue. In addition, she went through radiation and chemotherapy. She shared, "I wasn't quaking in my boots. I don't have any fear of death at all." The grandmother of four reflected on the death of her husband whom she was married to for 33 years. "You never get over that kind of loss," says Danner. "Bruce was the heart of our family. And life is so much paler without him around. But grief is the price we pay for love." She added, "I think we've all become somehow stronger. It's a bit of a crapshoot — this disease and this life. But I've had a career, great kids and a loving husband. I'm very grateful."Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with doctors who have not treated Danner about signs of oral cancer to watch out for and what to know about adenoid cystic carcinoma, which affects about 1,200 people a year. If you have any symptoms of adenoid cystic carcinoma, please see your dentist for an exam and consult your physician for medical advice. You can also visit the Oral cancer Foundation for more information. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

Know the Warning Signs of Oral Cancer, as Gwyneth Paltrow's Mom Blythe Danner Reveals Diagnosis

Emmy-award winning actress Blythe Danner shocked fans when she revealed she battled oral cancer–the same kind that killed her husband Bruce Paltrow in 2002. In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, the mother of Gwyneth Paltrow said, "Everyone is touched by cancer in some way, but it's unusual for a couple to have the same cancer." Danner was diagnosed in 2018 and shared, "I remember I looked up at heaven and said to Bruce, 'Are you lonely up there?' It's a sneaky disease. But I'm fine and dandy now. And I'm lucky to be alive."

The Meet the Parents star was working in London when she noticed something was wrong. She said, "I started feeling very woozy and I was forgetting everything. And then I felt a lump in my neck, right next to where Bruce had found his [in 1999]." The 79-year-old was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of oral cancer that often develops in the salivary glands. "I kept it from my kids for a long time. I wanted to forge ahead as a mother, and I didn't want them to worry."

Danner had two surgeries soon after her diagnosis and then a third one in 2020, which removed the cancerous tissue. In addition, she went through radiation and chemotherapy. She shared, "I wasn't quaking in my boots. I don't have any fear of death at all." The grandmother of four reflected on the death of her husband whom she was married to for 33 years. "You never get over that kind of loss," says Danner. "Bruce was the heart of our family. And life is so much paler without him around. But grief is the price we pay for love." She added, "I think we've all become somehow stronger. It's a bit of a crapshoot — this disease and this life. But I've had a career, great kids and a loving husband. I'm very grateful."

Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with doctors who have not treated Danner about signs of oral cancer to watch out for and what to know about adenoid cystic carcinoma, which affects about 1,200 people a year. If you have any symptoms of adenoid cystic carcinoma, please see your dentist for an exam and consult your physician for medical advice. You can also visit the Oral cancer Foundation for more information. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

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