Jaime Pressly Opens Up About Mastectomy, Mastitis Diagnosis on The Talk

Celebrity News Aug. 7, 2014 AT 1:40PM
Jaime Pressly attends an event on June 2, 2014 Jaime Pressly opened up about undergoing a mastectomy after being diagnosed with mastitis during an appearance on The Talk on Thursday, Aug. 7 Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Jaime Pressly made two startling revelations during an appearance on The Talk on Thursday, Aug. 7. While promoting her new TV Land sitcom Jennifer Falls, the actress opened up about undergoing a mastectomy after being diagnosed with mastitis. Her health scare began after welcoming son Dezi with former fiance Eric Cubiche back in 2007.

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"I had something that happened to me years ago -- when I had my son I got mastitis, but I didn't know because I thought it was just regular breastfeeding pain," the 37-year-old explained to the CBS co-hosts. (Mastitis is an inflammation to the mammary gland in the breast, which often occurs because of a bacterial infection.)

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Four years later, however, Pressly began to notice several lumps in her breasts. She visited doctors to have scar tissue removed from one breast, but it eventually spread, leading her to have to remove tissue from the other. "[I had] almost [a] full mastectomy," she said.

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"I still have some breast tissue left, just from the mastitis because it mutated into something else because it sat dormant for a while," Pressly continued. "But it was the craziest thing. Thank God it wasn't [cancer]."

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The scary incident, in fact, was one of the reasons why Pressly decided to get a recent pixie cut. The My Name Is Earl alum wanted "to make things easier" and "getting rid of all that extra" seemed to help. Hollywood also played a role. "Nobody wanted me," she said of being typecast. "No one wants you to play someone else."

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