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Chief Justice Oronoz Rodríguez being treated for breast cancer

Puerto Rico Supreme Court Chief Justice Maite Oronoz Rodríguez

By John McPhaul

Puerto Rico Supreme Court Chief Justice Maite Oronoz Rodríguez announced over the weekend that she is receiving treatment after an early diagnosis of breast cancer.

“Every year in October, Breast Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Month is commemorated. In this context, I share with you that at the beginning of the year I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Oronoz Rodríguez said in a written statement issued Saturday. “Thanks to the early detection and the procedures that I have endured, the prognosis is very good. Soon I will be entering the last phase of medical treatment and I will face it with the strength and faith with which I have faced other challenges in my life. During the process, I will continue to lead the Judicial Power of Puerto Rico without interruption, as before. I am calm and convinced that I will overcome. I am also deeply grateful for the support of our families, especially for the unconditional support of my wife Gina who, along with our twins, has been my main support in facing this diagnosis.”

“Education about cancer is essential, and the mere mention of the word cancer is scary,” she added. “Part of that fear stems from a lack of information about the progress and effectiveness of preventive medicine for women and men. Fear is also anchored in the limited -- and sometimes non-existent -- access to medical care for some populations.”

Oronoz Rodríguez promised to do her part to educate the public about the disease.

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