BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Zichichi Family - Patti Broccoli, Cathy Balsamo, Cindy Lepore and Joe Zichichi are featured on the ABC Special, Breast Cancer: Answers, Updates and Progress that aired on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6 at 5:30 a.m. The special is about the progress being made on many issues of great concern to those who are diagnosed with breast cancer.
The four Berkeley Heights siblings were all tested positive for the BRCA1 genetic mutation that raises the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The three sisters had preventative surgery. Patti Broccoli's preventative surgery may have saved her life by detecting cancer at an early stage. Broccoli underwent chemotherapy treatment.
The family is happy for Angelina Jolie's publicity that has brought public awareness to the issue that has been the center to their daily lives.