Robin Roberts Provides an Update on Her Partner’s Cancer, EPA Recommends Limit to Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Water and More

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From Robin Roberts providing an update on her partner, Amber Laign’s “rough year” with breast cancer, to Kathy Griffin’s suspected cause of lung cancer, here’s what’s happening in the oncology space this week.

Kathy Griffin revealed that her lung cancer may have been caused by radon exposure.

Kathy Griffin with short, curly red hair, smiling at the camera. Image credit: © Michael Tullberg, Getty Images Entertainment

Comedian Kathy Griffin recently said that doctors believe her lung cancer was caused by radon exposure.

Photographer: Michael Tullberg; Collection: Getty Images Entertainment

Kathy Griffin, a 62-year-old comedian who announced in August 2021 that she’d been diagnosed with lung cancer, recently revealed that doctors believe that radon exposure may have contributed to the development of her cancer.

She made the statement in response to a tweet from Congressman Eric Swalwell outlining a five-step plan to end chemical exposure in the United States. Griffin replied to the tweet, “YES PLEASE. I had lung cancer and I’ve never smoked. Doctors suggested maybe it was from radon exposure.”

A father with brain cancer recorded a video with country star Tim McGraw for his children.

Mike Hugo, a man from Florida who was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, is recording video messages for his daughters, Brooke and Bridget. He recently took to social media for help and ended up connecting with country singer, Tim McGraw.

Hugo, his daughters and McGraw met up at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, to film a video featuring McGraw’s song, “My Little Girl.” The video features Hugo and his daughters dancing to the song.

“The idea is that I get to press play at my daughter’s wedding, and I get to sing them 'My Little Girl,' hopefully I am still there for that, but if I’m not, they know how much I love them,” Hugo said in an interview with WPBF news.

Robin Roberts gave an update on her partner, Amber Laign’s, cancer.

Robin Roberts speaking at a CURE event

Robin Roberts said that her partner, Amber Laign, has had a tough year with breast cancer treatments.

“Good Morning America” host and breast and myelodysplastic syndrome survivor, Robin Roberts, said that her partner, Amber Laign — who is now going through her own breast cancer experience — had a “rough year” with the disease. In fact, in the summer of 2022, Roberts announced that she would be taking some time away from “Good Morning America” to support Laign in her treatments.

"It was a rough year; her journey with breast cancer took some unexpected twists and turns but she is doing really, really, well," Roberts said in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight.” "Doctors said when it comes to treatment, it's like women and shoes — they don't always fit — and so they had to find the right fit for her with treatment."

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a legal limit to the amount of cancer-causing chemicals that can exist in drinking water.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called for a national drinking standard that would limit the amount of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that would be allowed in drinking water. According to the EPA, PFAS are a class of chemicals that are found in water, fish and other products that Americans consume that have been linked to cancer and other health issues.

"EPA’s proposal to establish a national standard for PFAS in drinking water is informed by the best available science and would help provide states with the guidance they need to make decisions that best protect their communities," EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement.


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