LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - Valerie Harper is probably best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern in the 1970s hit "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" as well as its spin-off, "Rhoda."
She's won several Primetime Emmy Awards and has appeared in many films and Broadway shows.
Most recently, she's been taking on a different challenge: her health.
During an appearance Tuesday on Good Day LA, Harper said upon learning of a lung cancer diagnosis in 2009, doctors initially gave her as little as three months to live.
She ended up responding well to treatment, however, and has since dedicated much of her life to spreading awareness about the risk of lung cancer in women.
"I am absolute living proof that lung cancer, anyone can get it. Anyone," she said, referencing the fact that she was never a smoker.
While lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in the United States, only a small percentage of women (approximately 1%) cited lung cancer at being top of mind, according to the American Lung Association.
The second week in May is National Women's Lung Health Week.
Harper has partnered with Lung Force, led by the American Lung Association, to help keep lung cancer top of mind for women.
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