Nearly a decade after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Christina Applegate wants to take no chances with the big C. The Bad Moms star revealed that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed two weeks ago.
“My cousin passed away from ovarian cancer in 2008. I could prevent that,” Applegate, 45, tells Today.com. “That’s how I’ve taken control of everything. It’s a relief. That’s one other thing off the table. Now, let’s hope I don’t get hit by a bus.”
In 2008, the Married With Children actress had a double mastectomy after finding out she had breast cancer. Applegate’s mother survived breast cancer, so she was very conscious about getting regular mammograms starting at the age of 30. She also tested positive for the BRCA gene, which increases the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
“If you’re BRCA positive, it’s highly possible you’ll develop cancer in your lifetime,” she says. “The first thing is to be really diligent about what you’re putting into your body, as far as what kind of food you’re eating.”
Applegate wants women to be aware of how diet and stress can play a role in their health.
“Organic is expensive. I get that. I don’t want to alienate anyone who can’t pay for that. But maybe skip your morning latte and get organic vegetables for the week,” she explains. “The other big killer is stress … breathe deeper. That’s a big one for me. I used to be a stressed-out person. I’m not anymore. I try to find the lining in everything in life.”
The actress reveals that her 6-year-old daughter, Sadie, is a vegetarian “and practically vegan.”
“That’s her choice,” Applegate exclaims. “That’s how she eats. We’re really conscious about what we buy. Get some kale! Plant some green kale in your backyard and throw it into everything.”
Applegate adds, “The chances that my daughter is BRCA positive are very high. I look at her and feed her the cleanest foods. I try to keep her stress levels down. I’m doing everything I can on my end knowing that in 20 years, she’ll have to start getting tested. Hopefully by then there will be advancements. It breaks my heart to think that’s a possibility.”
The actress, who founded Right Action for Women, adds that she feels good and healthy right now.
“I keep my life really simple,” she concludes. “I’m very fortunate right now to have that freedom to not work. I love being my daughter’s mother and being 24/7 here with her, doing what I need to do, making her meals, taking her to soccer. I work at her school six or seven hours a week. I’m all in. That is my job. I love my life right now. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to take a minute and it’s been wonderful.”
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