Padma Lakshmi Issues Critical Reminder During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The television host and activist shared a personal anecdote in the hopes of helping others.
Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes. Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common skin cancer among women. For more information and ways to support, click here.

Best-selling author and Taste the Nation creator Padma Lakshmi is using her Instagram platform for good. The 2023 SI Swimsuit model took the opportunity to issue an important public service announcement on Oct. 23, when she reminded her 1.4 million followers of the importance of early detection when it comes to breast cancer. 

The 53-year-old mom of one candidly revealed that she has dense breast tissue, which makes breast cancer more difficult to detect through traditional screening methods such as mammograms. As a result, she noted that her doctor now takes added precautions with her health. Lakshmi provided the resource and encouraged her fans to take charge of their health by learning more about potential screenings. 

“Ladies, let’s keep our boobies and the rest of our bodies free from cancer!” she wrote in her caption. “Make sure to discuss the best plan for you with your doctor.”

Lakshmi accompanied the informative post with a stunning photograph of herself captured by Kristian Schuller for Vogue India. Her fans who took to the comments section were incredibly grateful for the resource and for the former Top Chef host’s candor.

“Almost 10 year survivor here!” one fan shared. “Thank you for helping to spread the word and keep women healthy!”

“Thank you for the PSA!!! … and coming from a stage 3 cervical cancer survivor don’t forget that fun exam either!!!” someone else encouraged. “Take care of yourselves ladies!! 💜🩵.”

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.