Breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate says she had ovaries removed

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"My cousin died of ovarian cancer in 2008".

According to People, Applegate has the BRCA1 gene mutation, which predisposes her to developing cancer.

"Two weeks ago, I had my ovaries and [fallopian] tubes removed", she shared.

Germ cell tumors: These originate in egg-producing cells and, while rare, tend to be found in younger women.

However, Applegate admits that she worries about her six-year-old daughter, Sadie, and she's taking a pre-emptive approach.

"The chances that my daughter is BRCA positive are very high". "I'm doing everything I can on my end knowing that in 20 years, she'll have to start getting tested".

Applegate also explained how stress can take years off of your life so it's important to try to relax whenever possible. Hopefully by then there will be advancements. It's a relief. That's one thing off the table.

'We grow our own vegetables.

"We're a 100-percent-organic house".

The mom is also teaching her daughter to be a vegan.

She had to make the best choice to avoid cancer and that meant having the surgery.

The procedure that she had done is called a salpingo-oophorectomy, and it is created to remove a woman's ovaries and fallopian tubes at once.

She also reached out to other celebrities who had been through it, notably Melissa Etheridge.

Applegate had a double mastectomy after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.

Christina Applegate is making empowered decisions when it comes to her health. We're bombarded by what's going on in our world. '[The surgery] is one of the few tools they can put in their toolbox'.

"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 says.

Applegate founded the non-profit Right Action for Women to so more women have access to genetic testing.

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