Gwyneth Paltrow: Losing My Dad to Cancer Made Me Get Serious About My Health

Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2012 Stand Up to Cancer event in Los Angeles

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

updated 09/08/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET

originally published 09/08/2012 AT 11:50 AM ET

Gywneth Paltrow got a wake-up call when she lost her father, director-producer Bruce Paltrow, to cancer a decade ago.

“When my father was diagnosed with cancer, it really changed the way that I lived – it changed my whole lifestyle,” Paltrow, who executive produced the multi-network Stand Up to Cancer broadcast Friday night, tells PEOPLE.

“I completely changed my diet, and I got very serious about exercising and about exposure to toxins.”


From Our Partners