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Applegate has double mastectomy


Christina Applegate speaks to Good Morning America (clip courtesy of ABC)

US actress Christina Applegate has had both of her breasts removed after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The star told US breakfast show Good Morning America, she was "100% clear and clean" following the procedure.

"It did not spread. They got everything out, so I'm definitely not going to die from breast cancer," she added.

Applegate, best known as Kelly Bundy in US sitcom Married With Children, opted to have surgery after testing positive for the BRCA1 breast cancer gene.


Christina Applegate
Applegate said she used humour to deal with her diagnosis
Applegate was diagnosed with cancer in one breast last month after a doctor-ordered MRI scan.

The star - whose mother, Nancy Priddy, is also a breast cancer survivor - admitted she had been having mammograms since the age of 30.

Applegate, now 36, revealed she was "so mad" when she received the diagnosis.

"I was just shaking and then also immediately, I had to go into 'take care of business' mode.

"After looking at all the treatment plans that were possibilities for me, the only one that seemed the most logical and the one that was going to work for me was to have a bilateral mastectomy," Applegate said.

She had the surgery three weeks ago, she told reporter Robin Roberts, and will have reconstructive surgery over the coming months.

"I'm going to have the best boobs in the nursing home," she joked. "I'm going to be the envy of all the ladies around the bridge table."

Applegate is scheduled to appear on a one-hour TV special, called Stand Up to Cancer, to be aired on ABC, CBS and NBC on 5 September to raise funds for cancer research.

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