Actress Christina Applegate has removed her ovaries and Fallopian tubes to decrease her risk of developing ovarian cancer.
The Bad Moms star underwent a double mastectomy in 2008 after being diagnosed with breast cancer and she went under the knife again last month (Sep17) to stave off the uterine disease that claimed the life of a family member nearly a decade ago.
"Two weeks ago, I had my ovaries and (Fallopian) tubes removed," Applegate revealed to Today.com. "My cousin passed away from ovarian cancer in 2008. I could prevent that (from happening to me). That’s how I’ve taken control of everything."
The 45-year-old is feeling great following the operation and is in good spirits about the procedure.
"It’s (the surgery) a relief. That’s one other thing off the table. Now, let’s hope I don’t get hit by a bus," she quipped.
Cancer awareness is a huge passion for Christina, who founded charity organisation Right Action for Women in 2009 in a bid to help women who are at-risk from the disease pay for life-saving medical tests, including the BRCA1 genetic screening, which detects cancer traits.
"We’re at this place where we need to sit down and figure out the future of what it is that we’re doing and get into more of the BRCA tests for women," she explained. "That’s a huge cost for a lot of people who don’t have perfect insurance. If you do know you have the gene, it gives you an empowerment about your lifestyle."
Christina admits she is also concerned for her six-year-old daughter Sadie Grace's future.
"The chances that my daughter is BRCA positive are very high," Applegate, who is a vegetarian, shared. "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."