Breast Cancer Celebrity Patient: Christina Applegate’s Story

Breast Cancer Celebrity Patient
Christina Applegate was no stranger to cancer since her mother had fought breast and ovarian cancer, which made her particularly aware of the potential problem. The actress began regular mammograms when she was 30 years old. In 2008, Christina Applegate found out she suffered from breast cancer herself. After her initial shock and subsequent treatment for the disease, she is now dedicated to raising awareness about early detection of breast cancer. Watch Christina's interview with Oprah, about her breast cancer fight and find out why she calls it a "strange blessing." When she was 36, Applegate's doctors told her that her breasts were too dense for potential problems to be detected by a mammogram, and that she needed MRI screening. During one routine MRI at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, her fears were confirmed. The actress, who is now 44, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Even though the disease was caught early, Applegate opted to undergo a double mastectomy due to her family history and the BRCA1 mutation she carries. As she dealt with the disease, Applegate realized that not all women had the same resources that she was fortunate to have. She was told by others in the medical profession that some of the tests and procedures were not covered by insurance and many women could not afford them. Applegate, determined to help these women, in 2009 founded a donation-based charitable organization called Right Action for Women (RAW). Learn more about the actress' life after a double mastectomy. The aim of the organization is to offer financial assistance for MRIs and other testing, as well as education for women who might be at high-risk for breast cancer. One of the initiatives of Right Action for Women is a line of pink workout clothes and sne
Subscribe or to access all post and page content.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.