Breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate says she had ovaries removed

Actress shares life-saving medical options

By Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer
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MIAMI - During an interview with Today, Christina Applegate said she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed about two weeks ago.

The breast cancer survivor tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation, which increased her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Nine years ago, her cousin died of ovarian cancer. Her six-year-old daughter Sadie could inherit the mutation. 

Although she was diagnosed with an early stage breast cancer in 2008, Applegate chose a bilateral mastectomy, surgery to remove both breast. She is also a vegetarian and said she had reduced her stress. 

"That's how I've taken control of everything," Applegate, 45,  said during the Today interview. "It's a relief. That's one other thing off the table. Now, let's hope I don't get hit by a bus."

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