Sometimes, laughter really is the best medicine. Actor Ken Jeong says it’s what helped him get through one of the most difficult times in his life: watching his wife battle breast cancer.
Jeong, star of the ABC comedy series “Dr. Ken” is encouraging women everywhere to get screened this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Before launching his career in acting, Jeong was a practicing physician. He met his wife, also a doctor, while working at a hospital. He always had an interest in acting, often moonlighting at comedy clubs after caring for patients.
Shortly after welcoming a set of twin girls, his wife, Tran, was diagnosed with breast cancer. While she was undergoing treatment, Jeong was offered a role in the hit movie “The Hangover” as Mr. Chow.
“Actually, I didn’t want to do “The Hangover” at that time. It was my wife who actually really insisted that I do it,” Jeong told Hot Topics. “She was starting to show signs of recovery from her chemotherapy.”
It ended up being the role of a lifetime.
“I have such an emotional connection to the hangover that has nothing to do with the success of that movie,” said Jeong. “That movie was really cathartic in dealing with really the worst period of my life.”
Jeong says he couldn’t have done it without his family.
“I really have to give credit to my in-laws for taking care of our twin daughters, who were one year old at the time,” said Jeong.
Now, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jeong is encouraging women to start a conversation with their doctors.
“To me, my biggest message to everybody is if you’re ever worried about having cancer, get screened. If your doctor says you don’t need to get screened, ask another doctor if you’re worried and get screened. There’s nothing wrong about getting screened,” said Jeong.
You can watch “Dr. Ken” every Friday at 8:30 ET on ABC.