NEW YORK &

This Mother's Day, consider skipping the flowers and the cards.




Instead, go with your mother to get a mammogram, and get one yourself if you're a woman who is old enough to need one, says "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon.




Nixon, 42, who reprises her role as Miranda in the upcoming "Sex and the City: The Movie," has partnered with breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure and is talking about her own battle with breast cancer. She had a lumpectomy two years ago and underwent six and a half weeks of radiation. Her mother is also a breast cancer survivor.




"For years, I have spoken very publicly about my mother's own breast cancer," she says. "I also think I'm a logical person because so many people know me from 'Sex and the City,' That's really part of the target audience of women we want to reach."




But it's Nixon's mom who has the really sage advice.




Anne Nixon, 77, found a lump through a self-exam about 30 years ago. She says she was worried when her daughter was diagnosed &

but not scared.




"I don't think I was scared because I hadn't been really scared of my own cancer," she says. "I know that if you take action right away, your chances are good."




Nixon, who has two children, was diagnosed after a routine mammogram picked up a tiny spot of cancer in her right breast.




She says she kept her diagnosis private because she was doing a play at the time and didn't want photographers following her.




Anne Nixon says people should be aware of cancer &

but not afraid of it.




"My cousin was married to a woman who was always scared of everything," she says. "And when she got breast cancer she did nothing about it. She just turned her face to the wall, pretended nothing was wrong, and it killed her."