Routine health screenings can be key in catching all sorts of diseases before they progress too far, and actor Benjamin Bratt has shared that he and his family recently learned just how true this is.
In an appearance on TODAY, Bratt said that his wife, actress Talisa Soto, was diagnosed with breast cancer during the pandemic. This was discovered after a self-check and then a mammogram. Bratt explained this wasn’t ordinarily something he would share, but Soto wanted him to take the opportunity to send a message about being proactive.
Bratt said she wanted others to know “that it’s important to get your screenings yearly, that you have to self-advocate for yourself and take care of yourself. Not just eating well, but you have to get to the doctor and make these exams a part of your regular life.”
He noted that thanks to his wife and the experience that they had as a family, he decided to finally be a little more proactive about exams himself. He made sure to get a routine colonoscopy, which he’d been putting off for some time.
Fortunately, Soto, who is 54, responded well to treatment and is currently on the mend.
Bratt said, “She’s doing great. The medication rocks the hormonal system a little bit but the good news is, she was found to be cancer-free at this point. So we’re just on guard to make sure it doesn’t come back.”
Bratt and Soto married in 2002 after starring in the 2001 film Piñero. They have two children, 19-year-old Sophia and 16-year-old Mateo.
In 2010, Bratt said of his wife, “We’re going on our eighth year of our marriage, and it feels like six months because we’re so aligned.”
Soto, whose filmography dates back to the 1980s, has appeared in many other movies, including Don Juan De Marco and several Mortal Kombat films.