Popular E! Entertainment News host and television personality Giuliana Rancic announced on the Today Show Oct. 17 that she has breast cancer. The popular E! star has made a public showing of her efforts to conceive a baby with her husband, Bill Rancic, a former Apprentice winner, on their Style Network reality show “Giuliana and Bill.”
The breast cancer, in fact, was discovered amidst her struggles with infertility. Her doctor recommended a mammogram, and being only 36, Rancic said she was reticent to get a mammogram.
“Through my attempt to get pregnant for the third time through IVF, we sadly found out that I have early stages of breast cancer. And it’s been a shock because I recently found this out,” she said. “We’ve had to put (pregnancy) off because of the news.”
The doctor told her to get the mammogram, she said, because if she got pregnant and had breast cancer, the pregnancy could accelerate the disease.
“I wasn’t prepared to get a mammogram until I was 40,” she said. ‘I did go kicking and screaming to get a mammogram.”
The radiologist called her back the next day while she was driving to work to tell her something was spotted on the test. The office staff told her to go ahead and do the retrieval of the embryos, which was the next stage in her IVF process.
“I’m ok,” she said. “That was the hardest day. When they came in to tell me, they said it pretty quickly. They said, ‘I’m sorry, you have breast cancer.’”
Rancic said it felt like the world crashed down around her, at 36 years old and with no family history of breast cancer. She even got tested for the breast cancer gene, which she says she does not have.
Rancic said her husband has played an instrumental role in the process.
“He lets me cry when I need to cry,” she said. “He lets me feel what I need to be feeling.”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Rancic said she wants everyone to know that it’s important to take the time to get routine mammograms and other early detection tests for breast cancer. According to The American Cancer Society, about 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2011 and roughly 39,520 women will die from breast cancer in 2011.
“I think a lot of us think we’re invincible. Women are busier than ever,” she said. “We’re taking care of a million things a day. We have to start putting ourselves on the to-do list.”
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