Christina Applegate: I'm Now 100% Free of Breast Cancer

Celebrity News Aug. 18, 2008 AT 4:22PM
Christina Applegate Christina Applegate arrives to the 2007 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre on November 18, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

Christina Applegate is free of breast cancer after undergoing a double mastectomy.

"I'm clear," Applegate, 36, told ABC News' Good Morning America Tuesday. "Absolutely 100 percent clear and clean. It did not spread. They got everything out, so I'm definitely not going to die from breast cancer."

The Samantha Who? star admits it's been a hard battle.

"Sometimes I cry," she said. "Sometimes I scream, and I get really angry and I get really into wallowing in self-pity sometimes, and I think it's all part of healing."

Applegate chose to have both her breasts removed -- even though an early form of cancer was only found in one -- because she tested positive for the breast cancer gene, BRCA1.

"I didn't want to go back to the doctors every four months for testing and squishing and everything," said the actress, who had the surgery three weeks ago. "I just wanted to kind of be rid of this whole thing for me. This was the choice that I made, and it was a tough one."

Applegate reveals she was "so mad" after being diagnosed.

"I was just shaking and - and then also immediately, I had to go into... 'take-care-of-business-mode,' which was ... I asked them, 'What do I do now? What - what is it that I do? I get a doctor, I get a surgeon, I get an oncologist? What do I do?"' she said.

When told of her diagnosis, Applegate said she, "immediately made those appointments and immediately called around for ... someone to start teaching me how to live macrobiotically."

With a family history of the disease (mom Priddy had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery when Applegate was 7-years-old and later underwent a hysterectomy), the former Married with Children star says she began getting mammograms at the ago of 30.

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