In the News: Christina Applegate now Cancer-Free

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
8/20/2008 12:27 PM   :  31 comments

Christina Applegate is now completely cancer-free, after a double mastectomy a few weeks ago, she announced yesterday in an interview with fellow breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.
Applegate, now 36, had started getting tested for breast cancer at age 30 because her mother had battled the disease twice. An MRI caught the cancer in its early stages, and Applegate had two lumpectomies. The star of ABC's "Samantha Who?" is a carrier of the BRCA-1 breast cancer gene mutation, which carries an 87 percent likelihood of getting the disease, so she opted for a double mastectomy in lieu of chemotherapy or radiation.
Applegate, who will undergo reconstructive surgery over the coming months, relied on her sense of humor to get through her cancer battle.
"I'll have the best boobs in the nursing home!" she told Roberts.
Applegate credits her diligent testing and the MRI requested by her doctor for saving her life, and now she wants to give back, by starting a program to help high-risk women pay for MRIs and genetic testing.
While the risk of breast cancer increases with age, the risk of getting breast cancer in your 30s is 1 in 234, according to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. And though your individual risk is significantly higher if you carry the BRCA gene mutation, most women who get breast cancer do not have a family history.
For more information, read SparkPeople's guide to breast cancer prevention or visit the Komen foundation's Web site.
And, please, if you have a few minutes, watch this report about a relatively unknown but incredibly deadly form of breast cancer.



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  • 31
    The site about a RARE form of breast cancer is all to familiar to me. My friends DIL lost a 5 year battle with that disease last October. She was diagnosed immediately which is unusual because it is so rare.

    We had a lady in Tucson that could not get a proper diagnosis and was gone in 6 months. Not even the Cancerspecialists here recognized what she had.

    So very important to get the word out on this form of breast cancer... - 2/28/2009   9:41:20 PM
  • 30
    It's very important to note that "Cancer Free" and cured are two very different things. Laypeople tend to get those two terms confused and it's very easy to do so. My heart and thoughts go out to all of those that are enduring and have battled cancer. Here's to wishing that all of them will see the cure!
    Much love from AZ! - 12/5/2008   11:00:54 AM
  • BLONDECRANE
    29
    My best friend died in April from breast cancer , she left behind 8 children . KUDOS to CA !! - 10/28/2008   8:54:13 PM
  • KJLOVINGLIFE
    28
    My wonderful mother, at the age of 49, died of breast cancer in 1963. I can still remember, I was only 10 yr. old. I was told later, she had known she had a lump but let it go for 2 yrs. Two weeks ago, my 37 yr. old daugther was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am reliving some of the pain of watching my mother with cancer, however, I pray and have faith that my daugther after surgery and treatment will live to see her children grow up, and cancer free. To all of you
    women that have survived this deadly disease, I thank you for your strength to tell your stories.You are an encouragement to all women who face this. All women need to learn as much as they can about cancer. I want to thank this website for bringing so much information about it easily to us. Instead of not wanting to know because of the fear we have that it could be cancer, be aware, and don't wait. Don't be a statistic, be a survivor, as my daugther is going to be. - 10/11/2008   2:05:03 AM
  • 27
    She's amazing! My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and I admire her for that. Don't ignore the sign/symptoms! - 10/10/2008   12:06:22 PM
  • 26
    Congrats to Christina! My decision to go ahead with my Mastectomy of my right breast came about after reading her article. There is still life after cancer. Thanks Christina. - 10/10/2008   8:59:46 AM
  • CSIJO124
    25
    That is great news. I'm a big fan of hers. She is a fabulous actress and I love watching her on Samantha Who.
    - 9/19/2008   7:41:55 AM
  • 24
    She is such an amazing person...my prayers and positive thoughts continue to go out to her.

    CANCER FREE YAY! - 9/13/2008   10:43:17 AM
  • 23
    Good for her! The more people with positive and sucessful stories we hear the more hope we have. It's a wonderful thing that she came out to share her story with us. - 9/9/2008   3:49:20 PM
  • 22
    She has truly been inspiring to the public by telling her story. What a brave choice she made. especially in Hollywood where so much emphasis is put on a woman's figure. Kudos to Christina!! - 9/2/2008   8:49:12 PM
  • 21
    Christina deserves so much credit for bringing her story to the public. In the land of silicone and pretty people that she lives in I imagine it was not the easiest decision to make. However, I'm so glad her wanting to let young women know they too are at risk and that early screening is key overrode any fear she may have had about telling the public about her double mastectomy. - 8/23/2008   8:38:39 AM
  • 20
    I can't imagine having to make a decision like this, but I know there are many brave women out there who have gone through this process. It's great that Applegate is getting out there and creating more awareness instead of hiding it and not letting anyone know. - 8/22/2008   4:51:03 PM
  • 19
    I do not know if I could do what she did. She is a brave woman, telling her story and kudos to her. - 8/21/2008   11:27:06 PM
  • 18
    My prayers are with her for continued health. It is great that she has such a good attitude about her struggle! - 8/21/2008   8:46:12 PM
  • 17
    thank you for further info on the Risks & Types of Breast Cancer! - 8/21/2008   3:35:49 PM
  • 16
    Good for her for getting it checked out when she was concerned. I was 21 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I'm now 29 and living cancer free. Just goes to show, doesn't matter how old you are, anything can happen. - 8/21/2008   8:56:07 AM
  • 15
    Yay to Christine for taking charge of her situation and trying to help others. We must be more and more comfortable to talk about these things and Christina will be a good role model for a lot of young women.

    - 8/21/2008   5:36:01 AM
  • SPINNYBOO
    14
    She is such a good role model over this ... YES is is okay to cry, YES it is okay to say "why me?", YES it is good to be in charge of your health dilgiently.

    I have always loved her and now even more ... considering her 10 years on "Married with Children" she was a sex-pot role and she took the inititiave to get a DM.

    I wish that when I was sick that I had had the guts to be as vocal as she was. - 8/21/2008   12:42:39 AM
  • 13
    Congrats to Christina for being diligent and taking charge of her health! - 8/20/2008   11:31:41 PM
  • 12
    I have loved Christina Applegate ever since she was on the show Married With Children. I'm glad she made the right decision for her and is on her way to recovery! - 8/20/2008   11:01:55 PM
  • 11
    My heart goes out to her. I saw her original interview on GMA & she talked about her family history and the challenges her mother faced - as a woman living with breast cancer. I can only imagine how agonizing it was for Christina to make a decision like this. - 8/20/2008   9:49:01 PM
  • WIFEY2DREW
    10
    i have always though she was a great actress n i am sry that shes going threw a tough time but at least she is makeing it clear where she stands on this issue. all to offten weman dont get the screening they need for this to prevent cancer. - 8/20/2008   9:11:02 PM
  • 9
    I have been a fan of Christina's for a long time... and am so glad that she is on her way to recovery. She is a survivor and I am also glad that she is not hiding this tragedy the way some in her position have done. But that she is willing to be open and let younger women know that you need to check yourself and have tests done. Kodos to her..and may God bless her. - 8/20/2008   7:47:09 PM
  • MOMOFCANDP
    8
    I am very happy for anyone who survives breast cancer. I think of how lucky she is to have caught it early. My fear is that I will one day end up with breast cancer and will not survive because I can't convince my doctor to make a referral for a mommogram, though I am in my forties and there is a history of breast cancer on my mother's side of the family. The doctor said that she was going to refuse a referral because she does not believe me to be at risk. She said that studies are showing that there has to be gastrointestinal cancer in the family as well in order to be at risk for breast cancer. I then reminded her that my father died of gastrointestinal cancer. She still refused to make a referral. I should say that I currently live in the UK where they have government-funded (free) health care for everyone. I am considering moving back to the US for the sake of my health. Again, I am happy for Christina and anyone else who survives breast cancer. - 8/20/2008   7:25:53 PM
  • 7
    I think it's great that she is getting younger women aware that they too, are not "too young" for breast cancer.

    I had my first diagnosis of breast cancer when I was 39. - 8/20/2008   2:46:22 PM
  • MRSKOSITZ
    6
    As a Zeta Tau Alpha Sister, I am a huge breast cancer awareness supporter. My heart goes out to her....I know how hard it must be. However I do think sometimes it takes a celebrity to talk about something like this to bring it to everyone's attention. Because of her publicity, one average woman might just decide to go have a mammogram, where before she might not have. - 8/20/2008   2:41:27 PM
  • JENNIFER14825
    5
    I hope now people will be more aware that mammograms aren't just for the "over 40" crowd. I had it when I was 22, with no history, risk factors, etc.! - 8/20/2008   2:40:09 PM
  • 4
    when i watched her give the interview , all i could think of was how hard it must be to share such intimate details of her life... i just hope she did what is right for her and not pressure from media influences.. - 8/20/2008   1:49:36 PM
  • 3
    Let's hope Chrisitna will get well soon. I also read the article, found some fascinating information I didn't know. Like the fact that breast feeding reduces the chance of getting breast cancer, and that those who don't have children before 26 increase their chances. the link on a self exam is also very important, I will make sure to have one each month. I think it is important.

    the sparkpeople site is amazing! and I really like this new format. - 8/20/2008   1:42:10 PM
  • 2
    Good for Christina for not letting Hollywood vanity get in the way of her life! The video on inflammatory breast cancer was interesting too. But people should also know that not all breast cancer even has symptoms at all! A friend of mine died at the age of 41 from a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer that metastasized to her spine before she ever even had a lump in her breast. The only way that they knew it was breast cancer was from the markers in the blood tests. She had been having pains in her neck and back for months before she went to a doctor. If she had gone at the first sign of pain, they might have been able to save her. The moral is: DON'T IGNORE PAIN! Even if you think you know what's causing it (she was sure the pain was just because of a bad mattress and poor posture), get it checked out! Don't be afraid of looking like a hypochondriac. Pain is a message from your body that something is wrong. Never ignore it. - 8/20/2008   12:55:13 PM
  • 1
    I thought you had to have negative cancer markers, scans, etc. for a minimum of 5 years before you are considered "cancer free." Congrats to Christina for being diligent and taking charge of her health! - 8/20/2008   12:55:01 PM

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