Christina Applegate Has Double Mastectomy And 100% Cancer Free
Christina Applegate is taking things easy after her recent fight with breast cancer, she said on an interview with "Good Morning America". It was the first interview for the "Rocker" co-star since she told the world of her breast cancer diagnosis earlier this month. Applegate announced that she had a complete double mastectomy three weeks ago and will undergo reconstructive surgery in stages over the next year.
"I'm going to have cute boobs 'til I'm 90, so there's that," she joked in the interview, which aired Tuesday. "I'll have the best boobs in the nursing home. I'll be the envy of all the ladies around the bridge table."
The 36-year-old actress decided to have both breasts removed (double mastectomy) even though the cancer was found in only one breast. Applegate said she is now 100% cancer-free.
Applegate called the double mastectomy a rational decision. Her mother also had breast cancer, and Christina tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation that is linked to both breast and ovarian cancer.
"I just wanted to kind of be rid of it," she said. "So this was the choice I made and it was a tough one."
The yearlong ordeal has been an emotional time for the actress, she said.
"Sometimes, you know, I cry and sometimes I scream and I get really angry and I get really like, you know, into wallowing in self-pity sometimes," she said. "And I think that's - it's all part of healing, and anyone who's going through it out there, it's OK to cry. It's OK to fall on the ground and just scream if you want to."
Christina Applegate's breast cancer was found early from a routine doctor ordered MRI. Christina said she's starting a new charity program to help females at high risk for breast cancer to be able to afford the high costs of an MRI, which can cost thousands of dollars and is not usually covered by standard insurance plans.
Christina Applegate is scheduled to appear on a one-hour television special, "Stand Up to Cancer," to be seen on ABC, CBS and NBC on September 5, 2008 to help raise money for breast cancer research.
Applegate has been nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the hit television show "Samantha Who?" also starring Jennifer Esposito, where she plays a woman who wakes up from a coma with no memory of who she is, suffers from amnesia and is forced to find out who she really is.
Applegate can also be seen in the just released musical comedy "The Rocker" starring with Rainn Wilson, that tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. (See Movie Trailer Below)
In an ironic twist, Applegate is currently working on the comedy film "Everything Is Going to Be Just Fine" due out in 2009. Christina takes the starring role of Elizabeth Montgomery in the story of a man who believed he had everything he ever dreamed of, until his friend and colleague, actress Elizabeth Montgomery, passed away.
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