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Christina Applegate Beat Breast Cancer After Catching It Early, But Her Health Struggles Didn't End There

Date August 29, 2018

Christina Applegate's battle with breast cancer

Christina Applegate’s mom, actress Nancy Priddy, had breast cancer, so she knew she could be at a higher risk of the disease. She had been getting regular mammograms, and her doctor recommended adding MRIs to her screenings. An MRI ended up saving Christina’s life.

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In April of 2008, the test revealed a suspicious lump in one of her breasts, and a biopsy confirmed it was cancerous.

Luckily, the cancer was caught early, and there was no need for chemo. Once Christina learned she had cancer, she also had a test for BRCA gene mutation (this gene dramatically increases the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer). The test came back positive, so the actress opted for the radical treatment option – double mastectomy.

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Although it was a hard decision to make, and it took a lot of time for her to adjust to her new body, Christina felt triumphant in the end. On The Oprah Show, she said:

I have taken a very progressive stance in the rest of my life. For that, I'm really grateful.

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The actress was hesitant about going public with her diagnosis and treatment, but she felt it was the right thing to do for the sake of other women, so she opened up. In an interview with People, she said:

When I first came out about my breast cancer I didn’t want to talk about it, but I had to, because young women were getting it, and people weren’t understanding that. They weren’t understanding that women that were 36 were getting breast cancer, or women that were 28 were getting breast cancer, and they were opting not to get MRIs when they were high-risk because of the cost. My activism came out.

Life after cancer

Christina has been a vocal cancer activist ever since she first revealed her diagnosis. She has been involved with various cancer charities and even started her own one, Right Action for Women, to fund MRI tests for high-risk women who can’t afford them.

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Since BRCA gene mutation also increases the risk of ovarian cancer, Christina, who has a 7-year-old daughter, opted to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in September, 2017. Again, she chose to go public about the surgery. She told People:

That was why I talked about my ovaries, because that was also something very private, but I just found myself like, yeah, I guess you should know that I took my ovaries and fallopian tubes out in September, and I am going through menopause. Let’s talk about that, let’s talk about what that’s like at 40-something, to be going through that, and know that you’re not alone.

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She has been dealing with menopause symptoms after her surgery, but the actress told People she’s “good.

Breast cancer is a sensitive issue, and many people still shy away from talking about it publically. But this conversation is necessary, and we are glad that Christina Applegate chose to be part of it.

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