Former Dancing with the Stars Host Samantha Harris has revealed that later this month she plans to undergo a double mastectomy to treat breast cancer.
The 40 year old host and model detected a lump in her breast during a routine self examination last fall and eventually sought the advice of a breast cancer specialist after she had a normal mammogram but still didn’t feel right.
After a needle biopsy and eventual lumpectomy, Samantha got a diagnosis she didn’t expect: breast cancer.
“It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest,” Samantha says of her reaction to the news.
Samantha then sought advice from three different specialists and was advised of two different treatment options: A double mastectomy or a less-radical second lumpectomy with radiation.
However, feeling out of control since her initial diagnosis, Samantha decided she needed to take control of her health, both for herself and for her two daughters.
“I was sick of feeling the way that I did in the days after the diagnosis,” says Harris. “I knew I needed to take control.”
After doing her research and weighing all her options, deciding to undergo a double mastectomy has left Samantha feeling “much calmer.”
Recently, many stars have come forward about their breast cancer diagnosis and how they have decided to treat it.
Reporter Amy Robach was diagnosed with breast cancer during a Good Morning America segment on Breast Cancer Awareness Month back in October. After getting diagnosed on air, Amy left her post on the popular morning show to take time off and get treatment, including a double mastectomy and the very painful removal of lymph nodes under her arm.
Singer Anastacia also announced to fans that she had undergone a double mastectomy after her breast cancer returned, the latest in a lifetime of health issues.
And entertainment reporter Giuliana Rancic was very open about her struggle with cancer and her eventual double mastectomy.
Actress Angelina Jolie opted to undergo a preventative double mastectomy after learning she was at high risk of developing breast cancer because she carries a gene.
Likely because of their careers in the entertainment field, many of these women have also opted to have reconstructive plastic surgery after their double mastectomy procedures. However, not all women who undergo a double mastectomy opt to have breast reconstruction. It may be too expensive or women just don’t feel comfortable with the procedure. To continue to wear clothing that is made for a woman’s chest, they may use silicone breast prosthesis along with mastectomy bras. Other women may enjoy not doing either and battles with breast cancer have been known to inspire some amazing body art.