Christina Applegate is making empowered decisions when it comes to her health.
nearly nine years after undergoing a double mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis, the “Anchorman” actress is speaking out approximately the next steps she’s taken to ward off the disease.
“Two weeks ago, I had my ovaries and [fallopian] tubes removed,” Applegate said Wednesday on the “nowadays” note. “My cousin passed absent from ovarian cancer in 2008. I could prevent that.”
“That’s how I’ve taken control of everything. It’s a relief,” she added. “That’s one other thing off the table. Now, let’s hope I don’t accumulate hit by a bus.”
The 45-year-frail revealed she tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation, which greatly increases the odds of developing cancer. There’s also a chance that Applegate’s daughter Sadie, 6, will inherit the gene, which has prompted a major lifestyle change for the family.
“The chances that my daughter is BRCA positive are very high,” Applegate said. “I gaze at her and feed her the cleanest foods. I try to preserve her stress levels down. I’m doing everything I can on my cease knowing that in 20 years, she’ll absorb to start getting tested. Hopefully by then there will be advancements. It breaks my heart to judge that’s a opportunity.”
Since her mastectomy, Applegate, of course, no longer needs mammograms, but she does visit the oncologist every six months to preserve tabs on her health.
The “unpleasant Moms” star has also taken it upon herself to aid others obtain easy access to the test, which can be cost preventative for many women. Applegate founded the non-profit Right Action for Women to supply assistance to those who might not otherwise be able to afford early screenings.
“We’re at this situation where we need to sit down and figure out the future of what it is that we’re doing and accumulate into more of the BRCA tests for women,” she said. “That’s a huge cost for a lot of people who don’t absorb perfect insurance. whether you effect know you absorb the gene, it gives you an empowerment approximately your lifestyle. I’ve been a stay-at-domestic mom and focusing on my daughter the final two years. We’re moving forward now.”