Rachel Zegler Reveals She Had a Breast Cancer Scare at 19: ‘Extremely Scary to Find’

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Rachel Zegler has opened up about her health.

the West Side Story star, 21, used her Instagram Stories on Saturday as aplatform to share a photo of the scar she had after a breast cancer scare at19 led to an out-patient biopsy procedure.

In a since expired post that was captured by JustJared, Zegler told her story.

“Two years ago I found a lump in my breast and went through what wasundoubtedly the scariest week of my life,” she wrote over the photo.

“No OB/GYN was taking new patients due to the backlog of the pandemic, but Iwas fortunate to have the care of my pediatrician who prescribed me anultrasound, which led to an out-patient biopsy procedure,” she continued.”Thankfully it was benign.”

“And now the scar serves as a reminder to check my breasts regularly for anyirregular growth – the fibroadenoma in my left breast is a common occurrencebut nevertheless extremely scary to find. Early detection saves lives!!! Checkyour titty meat :), Zeler concluded.


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The Golden Globe winner has used her platform to share health updates in thepast, from mental to physical. In 2018, prior to her meteoric rise, shetweeted: “Hello. My name is Rachel. I suffer from anxiety and depression, andoccasionally feel depersonalized/dissociated from reality. I am a work inprogress. I am finding the common ground between me and my mind. And that’senough. But please, ask if I’m okay.#EndTheStigma

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Next up for the actress is Disney’s Snow White. In a chat with AndrewGarfield for Varieties Actors on Actors series earlier this year, sherecalled that her live-action casting announcement “was a huge thing that wastrending on Twitter for days, because all of the people were angry.”

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“Ah, those people. The people that we need to educate. The people that we needto love into awareness,” explained Garfield, 38.

“We need to love them in the right direction,” replied Zegler, in reference tothose who criticized her casting over her race. She added, “At the end of theday, I have a job to do that I’m really excited to do. I get to be a Latinaprincess.”

“Never in a million years did I imagine that this would be a possibility forme,” the actress noted. “You don’t normally see Snow Whites that are of Latindescent. Even though Snow White is really a big deal in Spanish-speakingcountries.”

“Blanca Nieves is a huge icon whether you’re talking about the Disney cartoonor just different iterations and the Grimm fairytale and all the stories thatcome with it,” Zegler continued. “But you don’t particularly see people wholook like me or are me playing roles like that.”

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The 1937 Disney animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs serves asthe inspiration for the upcoming live-action reimagining, but don’t expect abeat-by-beat retelling.

“Most of my character does not work for today’s audience, I’ll just say it,”Zegler — who plays the lead princess in the movie opposite Gal Gadot as theEvil Queen — told PEOPLE at the D23 Expo Sept. 12, comparing their new versionto the original. “We did a really deep dive into fixing and making a modernwoman out of Snow White.”

She and the filmmakers set out to “make a new version of the character.”

“I think she’s 13 in the original cartoon, so we started there and said, ‘No,she’s 18 in this one.’ She’s a bit more independent,” Zegler, 21, continued.”She’s also living in grief. I mean, there was a lot of complex emotion thatwe decided to deep-dive into. And understanding what it’s like to be ateenager on top of all that.”

the Snow White remake will be directed by Marc Webb ( The Amazing Spider-Man ) and will also star Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen.