Actress Christina Applegate Undergoes Double Mastectomy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/19/08

Actress Christina Applegate Undergoes Double Mastectomy

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Actress Christina Applegate said the decision to have a double mastectomy was a hard one, but it was a choice she had to make. Last month doctors diagnosed the 36-year-old with cancer in one breast. However, she elected to have both breasts removed three weeks ago, so she could be "rid" of the cancer.

Applegate said she'll undergo reconstructive surgery over the next eight months. She's scheduled to appear on a one hour T.V. special called "Stand Up to Cancer" which will air on NBC, CBS and ABC on September 5th.

Applegate said she carries the gene mutation (brca1) that's linked to breast and ovarian cancers. She said her mother also battled breast cancer.

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