Christina Applegate has undergone surgery to remove her breasts, ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed. Applegate who is best remembered as the teenage slut daughter of Al Bundy in Married With Children, had her breasts removed nine years ago due to breast cancer has had her ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed because she is BRCA positive, which means a person is more likely to develop ovarian and breast cancers. She decided that the best thing to do is to get the parts that would be subject to cancer removed to prevent possible death from ovarian cancer like her cousin did.
Applegate told NBC that taking control of the situation and getting the procedure provided her with a sense of relief.
The fact that her daughter, Sadie, is likely BRCA positive weighs on Applegate, she told NBC. She said: ‘The chances that my daughter is BRCA positive are very high. I look at her and feed her the cleanest foods.’
She added: ‘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.’
Applegate also shared that she visits her oncologist every six months and that she eats only organic foods. She does this to reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers and other harmful chemicals she puts in her body, as this has been shown to reduce one’s chances of developing cancer.
The surgery decreases women’s chances of developing both breast and ovarian cancer, which is the fifth deadliest cancer for women and kills more women than any other gynecologic cancer.
Ovaries are organs that sit on either side of a woman’s uterus, and they contain eggs and regulate the production of hormones controlling their menstrual cycles. Fallopian tubes are what eggs travel through to get from ovaries to the uterus.
When a woman decides to have both removed to prevent a cancer diagnosis, the organs are typically taken out at the same time because they share a common blood supply.