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Christina Applegate Has Ovaries Removed to Prevent Cancer

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Actress Christina Applegate attends the premiere of STX Entertainment's 'Bad Moms' at Mann Village Theatre on July 26, 2016, in Westwood, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 09:56 AM

Christina Applegate had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a cancer-prevention measure and fears that her young daughter may be susceptible to the disease, the actress told the "Today" show.

The former "Married With Children" star made her revelation to "Today" exclusively, saying that she has tested positive for a BRCA gene mutation that leaves her open to developing cancer.

"Two weeks ago, I had my ovaries and (fallopian) tubes removed," Applegate told "Today," stating that she had not talked about the situation publicly before. "My cousin passed away from ovarian cancer in 2008. I could prevent that. That's how I've taken control of everything. It's a relief. That's one other thing off the table. Now, let's hope I don't get hit by a bus."

Applegate was diagnosed with breast cancer and 2008 and since had a double mastectomy, "Today" reported. Since then she has changed her eating habits and started the nonprofit Right Action for Women.

The nonprofit advocates for healthy living and building community for women to decrease risk of breast cancer, according to its website.

"If you're BRCA positive, it's highly possible you'll develop cancer in your lifetime," Applegate told "Today." "The first thing is to be really diligent about what you're putting into your body, as far as what kind of food you're eating.

"Organic is expensive. I get that. I don't want to alienate anyone who can't pay for that. But maybe skip your morning latte and get organic vegetables for the week. Try to stay away from the foods that are filled with chemicals. Be a little more diligent and carve out as much of the bad stuff that you can," she added.

Applegate became a star as ditzy teen Kelly Bundy on the Fox hit show "Married With Children" from 1987 to 1997, TV Guide noted. She has appeared in movies like "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and on Broadway since.

Applegate also advocated for women to lower their stress levels, calling it a "big killer."

"We're bombarded by what's going on in our world," Applegate shared to "Today." "Breathe deeper. That's a big one for me. I used to be a stressed out person. I'm not anymore. I try to find the lining in everything in life."

Applegate, who is raising her 6-year-old daughter, Sadie, with her husband, musician Martyn LeNoble, said that she realizes that her child may have the same BRCA gene mutation.

"I look at her and feed her the cleanest foods," Applegate told "Today." "I try to keep her stress levels down. I'm doing everything I can on my end knowing that in 20 years, she'll have to start getting tested."

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