A month after moving into the White House, Betty Ford was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy. She became an advocate for breast cancer research and early detection. Asked about her illness, she said, “I’m very glad that I brought cancer to the forefront.” She was also outspoken on women’s rights issues. She supported the equal rights amendment and the legalization of abortion. She became famous for her candor. In an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” she talked about marijuana, equal rights for women, abortion and the possibility of a premarital affair for her daughter, Susan.