Early Detection in a Non-Smoker
Actress Kate Micucci, known for her roles in “The Big Bang Theory” and as one-half of the comedy folk duo “Garfunkel & Oates,” recently shared some unexpected news with her fans. In a video posted on social media, Micucci revealed that she had undergone surgery for lung cancer.
A Surprising Diagnosis
Micucci, who has never smoked a cigarette in her life, expressed her surprise at the diagnosis. “It’s pretty weird because I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life,” she shared. However, she also emphasized the importance of early detection and the positive outcome of her surgery. “They caught it really early. They got it out. I’m all good,” she reassured her followers.
A Journey to Recovery
While Micucci acknowledged that her recovery might take a few weeks, she expressed enthusiasm for getting back to her creative pursuits, particularly painting. She humorously attributed her talkativeness in the video to being on medication, lightening the mood during her hospital stay.
A Positive Attitude
In the video, Micucci could be seen walking down a hospital hallway, pushing an IV stand, and complimenting the artwork. Despite her circumstances, she flashed a thumbs-up and maintained a positive attitude. She concluded the clip by sharing a photo of herself in a hospital bed, beaming as she held up a banana and a box of Frosted Flakes.
Risk Factors and Statistics
Micucci’s case sheds light on the fact that lung cancer can affect non-smokers as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 10-20% of lung cancer cases occur in individuals who have never smoked or have smoked very little. Researchers attribute some of these cases to secondhand smoke and radon exposure. Other risk factors for lung cancer include air pollution, asbestos, arsenic, silica, chromium, and a family history of the disease.
A Multifaceted Career
Micucci’s talents extend beyond acting. She is also a visual artist, comedian, and singer-songwriter. Her diverse career includes appearances in various TV shows, films, and animated projects such as “Scrubs,” “DuckTales,” and “Steven Universe.” Micucci has been voicing the role of Velma in the “Scooby Doo” franchise since 2015.
A Supportive Relationship
In 2017, Micucci married musician Jake Sinclair, and the couple welcomed their son in 2020. Their strong bond and the support of her loved ones will undoubtedly contribute to Micucci’s recovery.
Fox News Digital has reached out to Micucci’s representatives for further comments on her condition.