Victoria Gotti accused of cancer fraud

Early this week, Victoria Gotti revealed to the world that she'd been waging a secret battle against breast cancer since late 2004. The Growing Up Gotti matriarch said that she was "stunned" when she learned of her condition after a routine mammogram last November, but assured fans that she had undergone successful treatment and was "100 percent well."

Gotti admitted to hiding her illness from her three sons--Carmine, John, and Frank--because "I didn't want any of the children, especially the baby, to worry themselves into a frenzy." The Star magazine reporter listed a 25-pound weight loss and severe exhaustion as side effects of her treatment.

This Wednesday, August 24, the New York Post published an article decrying Gotti's claims of sickness. "Gotti's sick cancer scam!" blared the headline, and the piece went on to insist that Gotti did not have, and had never had, breast cancer. The report suggested that her "disease" was nothing more than a publicity stunt executed to draw attention to the upcoming third season of Growing Up Gotti.

Tabloids everywhere leaped on the new story, but Gotti insists that she did not lie. "What I have is considered by most to be cancer. Noninvasive cancer," she told the hosts of ABC's Good Morning America. "If you look it up on the Internet, it is cancer."

Gotti's diagnosis was, in fact, one of "precancerous cells." While such a condition certainly warrants immediate medical attention, it does not carry the gravity of breast cancer itself. Indeed, it wasn't imperative that Gotti undergo treatment right away. "I could leave it alone and watch it, or get surgery," she said. "I chose to be aggressive and get the surgery." She also admitted, "What I had can be described as a scare."

According to Page Six, Gotti's longtime publicist Matthew Rich "quit in disgust on Monday because his best friend's mother had died of breast cancer... Rich was said to be revolted that Victoria would promote the third season of Growing Up Gotti by making up such a tearful tall tale." When questioned, Rich stated, "Using a horrible disease to promote a TV show is appalling to me."

"Every day since this happened, people have been asking me, 'Well, do you have cancer? Or is it not?'" Gotti said. "There's no easy way to explain that. It is the illness. You have to look it up to understand it."

Geri Baris, president of the Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition, reminds us that although Gotti's condition was not grave, "she did the right thing. We want as many people as possible to understand that early detection, however scary, gives us the opportunity to deal with something before it becomes cancer."

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shut up u guys she aint dat ba yu homophobics
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Personally, Victoria Is a good perosn. People fail to realize that precancerous cells, are still cancer. As far as the mob thing goes, people need to give that a rest. Not everyone that is Italian is in the Mafia, or is a murderer. Although her father did make a mistake, everyone makes mistakes. I am pretty sure that if any of you were in her place, the roles would be switched. You would not even be saying half the stuff you say now. So the namecalling and other childish antics need to stop. She has worked pretty damn hard to get to where she is today.Read her books. You don't just have to look at the show to see that her and her sons are great people. They did nothing wrong.This is not a Publicity Stunt. If you saw how popular they are, you would know that they would not do something like that to gain attention. I don't see you guys talking about how stupid it is for someone to "ASSUME" that the Gotti's are living the life of Crime. What if you were Victoria, and John was your father? Wouldn't you want people to stop making stupid assumtions and remarks about things you don't know about? Wouldn't you get tired of people judging you based on your last name? I know you would. So the next time you judge someone, think of you in that persons shoes and how it would feel.In my opinion,She is a strong, independent, and talented woman. I don't know why people criticize her and her family. They are human.I love them like my own family.So think of them however you want, but I stick behind them one million percent no matter what the circumstance may be.
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Where is Sammy the Bull's hit squad when you need them?
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Why does everyone critizies her? (just because she is john gotti's daughter?) I happen to think she is a strong woman and I admire her.The show is great and I hope they continue with it.
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WHY IS THIS FAMILY EVEN ON TV ? THE BRASS @ A&E ARE LOSING THEIR MINDS TO GLAMOURIZE A CRIME FAMILY.
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This is just awful
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This is just awful
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gotti`s still rule tv is about drama its all fake even reality shows dont get all carried away with what they do its there buisness.....relax people.
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Man, that whole family is a disgrace.
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she's scum bag....and not just because of this fake cancer scare. have you ever watched her show? She and her kids are complete trash
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This is appalling that Gotti lead people to believe that she had breast cancer, I am not taking anything away from the fact that she mite have been worried about this other illness. She needs to take a hard look at her life and think her self-lucky that she DOESN’T have Cancer; there are thousands of woman and men that wished they didn’t have it. YOU STUPID WOMEN. All in the name of TV
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