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Giuliana Rancic Has Breast Cancer

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 17th 2011 9:05AM
Giuliana RancicGiuliana Rancic stunned the 'Today' show this morning by announcing on air that she has breast cancer.

She sat down with host Ann Curry and revealed that a tumor was discovered when she had a mammogram as part of her ongoing IVF treatment.

"Through my attempt to get pregnant through IVF, we sadly found out that I have early stages of breast cancer," she said. "It's been a shock."

However, Rancic said that the prognosis is good. She will undergo surgery this week and then have six weeks of radiation therapy.

Rancic was undergoing her third round of IVF after suffering a miscarriage, and she says she still plans to try to get pregnant. "I still want this baby ... because this baby has saved my life. I truly feel God was looking out after me ... If I had gotten pregnant later down the line, I could have been a lot sicker."

The 'Fashion Police' host, who is 36, has recently been working for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and she says she had been waiting until she was 40 to have a mammogram. Luckily her doctor steered her toward it now as part of her preparation for IVF treatment.

Rancic says she will get throught this with the support of her "unbelievable" husband, Bill. "The best thing about Bill is, he lets me cry when I want to cry."

Their quest to have a child has been chronicled in their E! reality show 'Giuliana & Bill,' and Rancic has spoken of how they would be open to adopting a child if fertility treatments don't work out.

Last month NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell announced on-air that she also has breast cancer. Like Rancic, Mitchell's breast cancer was detected by a routine mammogram and she urged viewers to go for testing.

"For you women out there and for the men who love you, screening matters. Do it. This disease can be completely curable if you find it, at the right time."

Click here to read messages of support Tweeted to Rancic by fans.

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Hate to burst your balloon but i got cancer when my daughter was two and I was 38. If you go into menopause that young, just add 20 years to your age because without the hormones needed, you age and get all the associated age related disorders much younger, so that if Julianna is 36 and she goes into menopause due to the radiation or chemotherapy, she will really be 56, so when she actually turns 56, shell start developing more and more age related deseases because she wont be 56, shell really be 76. if you have an estrogen dependent tumor your goose is cooked. This is what the doctors don't tell you. it's the price you have to pay. I was luck to have already had my first (and only) child before it happened, and actually getting pregnant could have caused the cancer due to the surge in hormones.

October 18 2011 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Brian Chapa

Cruel irony: someone without breasts gets breast cancer.

October 17 2011 at 11:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Jason Brian Chapa's comment

I hate to admit it but I thought the same thing. :) "She doesn't even have breast."
But seriously, I hate that most "experts" advise to wait until you're 40 for mammograms. It's ridiculous. A lump was found in my breast at 38. No one could feel it through physical examination except for one doctor - who I had just changed to and was "old school" and insisted on a mammogram. Thank God it was benign but God knows how long it had been in there - since my early 30s? sooner?! The tool is there to save lives but HMO bean counters and insurance companies don't want to cover it. Argh!! Why the hell are premiums being taken out of paycheck then?! Even if you have to save up and pay for it out of pocket, please ladies (and gentlemen) get your mammograms as soon as you can.

October 17 2011 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You are a despicable, uncaring, unfeeling human being to say such an awful thing. Getting cancer ruins your life, for the rest of your life. I wish only that you get some really bad cancer and then talk about the size of a woman's breasts - see how much it matters then

October 18 2011 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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