VIDEO: Jennifer Grey’s Cancer Bombshell – How DWTS Saved Her Life

Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey dazzled judges to receive Monday night’s highest score on Dancing With The Stars, where she also broke her silence on a life-threatening condition her participation on the show alerted her to.

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“Last October, a routine exam I had to do for Dancing With The Stars turned into four surgeries,” the 50-year-old actress  said in a clip on the program.

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“I found out I had cancer, and my spinal cord was compressed,” she said. “They put a plate and four screws in my neck. You know the cancers totally curative, I’m totally cured.”

Grey’s scary prognosis came just weeks after her Dirty Dancing co-star Patrick Swayze died from pancreatic cancer at 57. Jerry Orbach, who played Grey’s overprotective father in the film, died of prostate cancer in 2004 at the age of 69.

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