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Christina Applegate Reveals She Had Ovaries and Fallopian Tubes Removed

Christina Applegate revealed that she underwent surgery to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to reduce her risk of cancer.

The actress, who had a double mastectomy in 2008 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, says that she had the surgery two weeks ago.

"Two weeks ago, I had my ovaries and tubes removed," she told 'Today'. "My cousin passed away from ovarian cancer in 2008. I could prevent that. That's how I've taken control of everything."

"It's a relief. That's one other thing off the table. Now, let's hope I don't get hit by a bus," she laughed.

Applegate has the BRCA1 gene mutation, which predisposes her to developing cancer. And that's why she's worried about her 6-year-old daughter.

"The chances that my daughter is BRCA positive are very high," Applegate said. "I look at her and feed her the cleanest foods. I try to keep her stress levels down. I'm doing everything I can on my end knowing that in 20 years, she'll have to start getting tested."

"Hopefully by then there will be advancements. It breaks my heart to think that's a possibility."

"I don't need mammograms anymore. I don't have breasts. They still check me out as if I had all my parts. That's never going to go away," she said. "If you know you're high risk, you need to go start as soon as possible."

October 12, 2017 |

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