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"Whatever I do, I do with gusto," writes Fran Drescher in the introduction to Cancer Schmancer, and the book itself is no exception. Drescher's subject matter is weighty -- her battle with uterine cancer -- but as the vivacious television star candidly recounts this health crisis (as well as her divorce, the cancellation of her series, and her difficult journey back to both good health and the dating scene), her sense of humor is a constant buoy. The result is a riveting, and often hilarious, read.
Her story is infused with her charming yet brash personality. One-liners abound, and her tales -- such as the one about fending off the advances of an Italian Stallion with a penchant for biting -- reflect her irrepressible spirit and enchanting brio. But the entertainment value of Drescher's story is ultimately eclipsed by her greater goal, which is to encourage and empower women to take control of their gynecological health. It took two years and numerous doctors' visits for Drescher to receive an accurate diagnosis of her condition. Through sheer determination and an unshakable belief in her own intuition she persevered, in spite of doctors who tried to convince her that her symptoms could be chalked up to perimenopause. In the end, a simple D&C test offered the conclusive evidence of uterine cancer -- a test that could have been performed in her doctor's office two years earlier, if only she had known what to insist upon. She knows now, and she wants the rest of us to benefit from her experience. Drescher's story will make readers laugh and cry, but most important, it will convince them to "never be passive when it comes to your health." (Karen Burns)