Legendary Actress and Skin Cancer Survivor Diane Keaton Releases New Coffee Table Book ‘Saved’—Raising Awareness Saves Lives

The photography-lover says she has a little room for her treasures, but needs more space. “I need a mansion. I have about 60 scrapbooks of pictures I’ve cut out of magazines: fashion, bedrooms, portraits …”

Keaton, who has a 27-year-old daughter named Dexter, was asked if she is looking forward to being a grandma someday. “I can’t imagine what that will be like,” she admitted, saying her daughter and husband aren’t really discussing that at this point. “I’m going to love the kid, probably.”

Keaton—who has snapped dozens of photos of Hollywood Blvd. some 40 years ago, many of which she has included in the book—said she is “looking forward” to another book … her film, Book Club 2, with fellow legends Jane Fonda and Candace Bergen. “Those women are fantastic.”

As for a planned retirement? “I don’t want to! At all.” That’s the spirit!

Diane Keaton’s Skin Cancer Advocacy

Keaton is known for her fondness of hats, gloves, and turtlenecks — a look she’s adopted to protect her skin. The actress, whose films include The Godfather movies and Something’s Gotta Give, was first diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common form of skin cancer, at 21.

“When I was growing up, [sun protection] wasn’t even around or discussed. … I’m so protected now. I take vitamin D,” she has said in her advocacy work as spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris. “You’ve got to put the sunblock on, you’ve got to go to the dermatologist, you have to take care of yourself and pay attention, and you have to apply it more than once when you’re laying in the sun.”

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More recently, she was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. Keaton encourages her fans to practice proper sun protection and has shared her family history with the disease (both her father and brother have had BCCs removed).

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What Is Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Basal Cell Carcinomas can look like sores, red or pink growths, shiny bumps, scars, or slightly misshapen growths, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. If you have a mark or lump on your skin that you think is suspicious, or if you know you’ve been exposed to a lot of sun, it’s worth it to get checked out by a dermatologist.

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Skin Cancer Self-Check

Doing regular self-checks on your skin is important to find skin cancer early — and bring it to the attention of a dermatologist. If you’re high-risk, it’s especially vital. Dr. Cecilia Larocca, a dermatologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, recommends looking at your skin once a month for anything suspicious–and using the acronym ABCDE as a checklist:

  • Asymmetrical moles: if you drew a line straight down the center of the mole, would the sides match?
  • Borders: irregular, jagged, not smooth; can also stand for bleeding’
  • Colors: multiple distinct colors in the mole
  • Diameter: larger than 6mm, about the size of a pencil head eraser
  • Evolution: This may be the most important, anything that is changing over time such as gaining color, losing color, painful, itching, hurting, changing shape, etc…

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8 Movies About Breast Cancer That Got It Right

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There's a lot of information about breast cancer out there. Some of it is accurate while some are outrageously misinformed. With recent research acknowledging the breast cancer can be an inherited trait, actresses like Angelina Jolie have discussed their personal journeys with breast cancer and double mastectomies. It's an important time to have the right data and information when discussing breast cancer in women.

Most Americans might know someone who survived, fought, or lost their battle to breast cancer. According to Breastcancer.org 1 in 8 women in the United States “will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime”.

It is a common cancer yet there aren't many movies dedicated to raising awareness. Below are 8 movies about breast cancer that get it right. They are honest, they are true, and they depict cancer in a realistic and tangible way. Warning: a few of them will cause you to cry at your desk so if you're watching these trailers at work or in a public space, don't say I didn't warn you.

1. The Family Stone

A star studded holiday movie that centers around family drama hits upon many issues. Diane Keaton, the matriarch of the family wants everyone home for Christmas as she has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. It might make you teary-eyed around the holidays but your family was going to do that to you anyway! Probably? Sure.

2. Pieces of April

Katie Holmes plays rebellious outcast who decides to host Thanksgiving because her mother is dying of breast cancer. Another movie that reinstates the notion that life is too short to hold grudges, especially with family members.

3. Terms of Endearment

You might remember the infamous scene where Shirley MacLaine screams “give my daughter the shot!”. This scene is memorable because it shows what family members will do for the ones they love. I think most of us would do the same thing if we had a loved one, or daughter in this case, who was dying of breast cancer.

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4. 1 A Minute

A compilation of interviews by women who have beat breast cancer. The stories of survival are inspiring and will hopefully encourage you to share the movie, support breast cancer patients, and help raise money to find a cure.

5. Living Proof

Okay, yes Living Proof is a Lifetime Original movie BUT that doesn't mean the story isn't worth watching. Harry Connick, Jr plays real life UCLA doctor, Dennis Slamon who developed, Herceptin, a breast cancer drug that revolutionized treatment in patients.

6. Miss You Already

This trailer might make you a little cry baby but that's okay. Toni Collette plays Milly, the best friend to Drew Barrymore's Jess, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The movie revolves around their friendship and the undying love they have for one another. I'd be impressed if you didn't bawl like a baby through this one.

7. Five

The story of five women who are all diagnosed, living, or fighting breast cancer. Each story is directed by a different female director including Alicia Keys and Jennifer Aniston. Five accurately depicts what women go through when dealing with breast cancer, whether it's telling their family members or learning to accept the life changing news.

8. Decoding Annie Parker

This is the true story of cancer survivor, Annie Parker, whose breast cancer diagnosis helped doctors discover that breast cancer can be hereditary in women. This was the discovery of the BRCA1 breast cancer gene. Decoding Annie Parker is an important movie to watch in understanding breast cancer research.


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