Lingle tests negative for breast cancer

Dr. Mari Nakashizuka
Dr. Mari Nakashizuka
Governor Linda Lingle
Governor Linda Lingle

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's sigh of relief at Washington Place: Governor Linda Lingle does not have breast cancer.

She publicly revealed the negative results of her biopsy just minutes after Lingle learned the good news from her doctor herself.

Doctors say breast cancer is so common that nearly one out of every eight women are affected by it and while cancer doesn't run in the governor's family, she faced the fear of it for the second time since 2002.

"Hello? Hi, this is the Governor," said Governor Linda Lingle.

Smiles from the start.

"Who's this?," asked Lingle.

Governor Linda Lingle draws laughter, surprising a reporter on her cell phone.

"Whom am I speaking to?," asked Lingle.

After news spread that her doctor suggested a second biopsy this year, the governor reveals the results of her breast cancer exam.

"I'm very happy to report that they were negative," she said.

Doctors at The Queen's Medical Center treated Lingle with a needle procedure to retrieve tissue in January, they performed a diagnostic surgical procedure to remove abnormality in her right breast last week.

"She tolerated the procedure well, she had no complications and she was a fabulous patient," said General Surgeon Dr. Mari Nakashizuka.

Her second scare since 2002, Lingle learned of her cancerous threat from routine screening. She was lucky, but she wants other busy women out there to understand that early detection is the key to prevention.

"They're working, they have their children to worry about, but if you think about your children you would make certain to have these tests on a regular basis," she said.

A weight lifted off her shoulders, Lingle says it's now on to finish this legislative session. She doesn't have to take any medication but will have to take it easy on her physical activity short-term.

She has a checkup appointment in six months, but right now her focus is continuing to lead the state.