Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors

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Christina Applegate

a on Sep 29, 2008 at 12:20PM

By Katherine Solem

Actress

Best known as Kelly Bundy on Married... With Children and Samantha Newly on ABC's breakout hit, Samantha Who?, Applegate recently underwent a double mastectomy after cancer was discovered in one of her breasts. The 36-year-old actress decided to have a prophylactic mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA-1 gene, which significantly raised the risk of her cancer returning. Applegate says she finds strength in her mom, Nancy Priddy, who battled breast cancer more than once. Wanting to avoid the intense chemotherapy, radiation and frequent follow-up doctor visits she watched her mom endure, Applegate says her decision to remove her breasts was tough, but she's now cancer-free. Planning to have reconstructive surgery, Applegate joked on Good Morning America, "I'm going to have cute boobs 'til I'm 90."
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