Lisa Vidal is opening up about her battle with breast cancer, and the importance of early detection

Lisa Vidal is opening up about her battle with breast cancer.

During an upcoming episode of The Real, the Being Mary Jane actress speaks candidly about her diagnosis, and how early detection was “crucial” in her battle against the disease.

“My diagnosis was invasive ductal carcinona. And here’s the thing, it’s so crazy because my mammogram showed nothing,” Vidal, 51, told the hosts.

“The reason I really wanted to talk about this, not only to share the experience, but to also say that early diagnosis is so crucial and mammograms don’t always find it.”

The appearance marks the first time Vidal has spoken about her diagnosis on television. The mom of three says that although she has nothing against mammograms, it was an ultrasound that saved her life.

“A mammogram is like a snow storm and you’re trying to find a snowflake,” she says. “You don’t see it until it’s much worse and so that’s why I really, kind of, want to advocate for women to get ultrasounds and early detection and so that was my diagnosis. The good this was that it was treatable.”

Shortly after the teaser for the upcoming episode appeared online, Vidal began to receive well wishes on social media, with one Twitter user writing, “Thank God @thelisavidal caught it early!! God is so good!!”

Although she has been tight-lipped about her battle with cancer, Vidal paid tribute to breast cancer survivors in a recent Instagram post.

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“My #Love #Heart and #Prayers go out to everyone who’s life has been touched by #BreastCancer! Blessings to the #Heroes who have confronted it, looked it dead in the eye and beat it “With a stick”!!! We are True #Survivors!!! #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth,” she wrote alongside a photo showing a pink ribbon, with the words, “October is all about pink.”