Transcript for Harry Connick Jr. and Jill Goodacre emphasize importance of early cancer screenings
Let me ask you, who is not crazy about Harry? Harry Connick Jr. Is who I'm talking about. Yep. But wait. But wait, there's more. A whole lot more. And his incredible beautiful wife, Jill Goodacre. They are both here to talk about her private five-year battle with breast cancer. We're going to talk to them live in just a moment. But first, a look at their enduring love and the impact her diagnosis has had on their family. This is a song that I wrote for Jill. Reporter: When Harry met Jill. It was love at first sight. ??? So I loiter ??? Reporter: Jazz sensation Harry Connick Jr., married for 23 years. It's a Victoria secret model. Something goodachor. Hi, mom. It's Jill. She's right. It's Jill. Reporter: The couple, who have three daughters arks peered on Harry's talk show last October. All I wanted to do was gro old with you and have as many years as I could with you. Reporter: Jill revealed hour they life was turned upside down. I did the mammogram. They said everything looks great. Then I was headed into my son gram. Because when you have dense breasts, it's good to get also a S sonogram. They came back in and said, something looks a little funny. And, um -- so I went for a B biopsy the next morning. And I got the call that I had breast cancer. It was one of the hardest days of my life. Do you remember telling the the girls? That was the worst. Worst of all. They were so in shock. It was just -- devastating. Reporter: Five years later, Jill is in remission. And teaming up with her husband, to raise awareness for early detection. You have to do it. It's better to know. You find out early, it saves your life. Reporter: They'red a vote kating not just screening for breast cancer but also for colorectal cancer. My mother died of chance per. We both have been touched by cancer. Reporter: The couple is partnering as paid spokes people for an at-home colon cancer screening test called cologard. Consult your doctor. This should not be considered a substitute for a colonoscopy. It's all about taking control of your own health. Please welcome once again, Jill goodachor and her husband, Harry Connick Jr. Thank you both. I have been wanting to sit down and talk with you. When we were watching your show back in October. We did not know what you have been going through. And a lot of people don't know that the journey continues. You're doing well. But that it's been a very difficult last few weeks for you, Jill. Yes, it has. I am doing well. But, um -- you know, one day at a time. I'm feeling better and better. But, it's just -- so important as you know, early detection. And -- I'm here to talk about it. Well, I'm glad that you are and that you're somebody that's been very private. This is very important to you to come forward. And as my mother would say, make your mess your message. And your message is about early detection. Early detection and always my message is if you have dense breasts, ask your doctor and get a son gram. My breast cancer was not detected with a mammogram. And a sonogram saved my life. Amen. I'm the same way. Same thing. Mammogram came back fine. The second test determined it. I didn't know that. What are you doing and want to make sure people are aware of? It's about early detection. Now that I'm 50 and jall is a couple years older than me though sheing loose about 20 years younger than I am. She would have said it if I didn't. When I turned 50, she started saying, you have to go get a colonoscopy. I didn't want to do it. Not the prep, the sedation. The time off work. If you talk to your health care provider and you're over 50 and at average risk, you can get screened in a noninvasive way. You don't have to get a colonoscopy. You can use a product I used called cologard. The most preventable yet least prevented cancer. 1 in 3 Americans are not getting screened for colon cancer. 35 million Americans. 90 pgt of this cancer could be treated if it were detected early. So, there's a website, the the new 50.com that can tell people about it. 50 now is different than it used to be when we were kids. It's really, really important to get screened. There's options now that are better. There are different options. We have to stress, in many cases, it's not a substitute. But having this, because some people don't have access to a doctor so this is another way. That's right. You can learn about, the if you go to new 50.com, you can learn about all of that. There was stuff I feeded to learn as well. When family member is diagnosed with cancer, it affects the entire family. It does. We saw you on your show. Being there. And how are you able to with all that was going on with Jill and at home to continue on as you did? I think -- this is my -- life. So, this is my hero. Everything else, there's an expression we use in Louisiana. Land Ya. It means bonus. LAN yap is extra. My career is -- LAN yap. This is what we live for. If you're not healthy, your whole life is going to be sent into a state of disarray. So, I -- my mother's death sort of put me on a different kind of path. Jill's cancer diagnosis put me on another kind of path. I want to make sure this hero of mine is healthy. Anything else that comes after that, is bonus, really. Yeah, Jill, I'm so happy for you. I know this is not easy. Thank you. It is not easy to come out and discuss something. But your hope is to make a difference. We have heard from people when they saw your show with Harry, that they went to the doctor. That they got screened. That was amazing. Hearing that more and more. Getting letters. We got hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of responses. People came to me personally and said, one woman said, I went to the doctor the next day. I didn't know about dense breast tissue. They found a tumor. I had the surgery the day after that. We heard that so much. I'm like, you know -- I'm so proud of you for doing this, because Jill's very, very private. It makes me so happy. It's an amazing thing. You are an amazing couple. 4 years in April? Yeah. We've been together 28 years. We married 24 in April. Oh. How have you put up with him all these years? He's awesome. She's saying that because we're on live television. That's it. She don't say that at home. Your show is also awesome. People are outraged it sending in September. I hope it finds another home. It is uplifting. It's inspiring. Thank you, thank you very much. All right. Thank you, Jill. Thank you, thank you both very
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