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Women reveal only mild anxiety after double mastectomy

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Deciding on a bilateral mastectomy is a bold move for any woman. But for a Hollywood actress, whose very livelihood depends in large part on her being attractive, such a drastic step could verge on foolhardy. It was both heartening and surprising when 36-year-old actress Christina Applegate, star of the ABC TV show Samantha Who?, announced that she had undergone a double mastectomy.

Ms. Applegate revealed that as a BRCA1 carrier, and as the daughter of a mother treated for breast cancer, she felt bilateral mastectomy “seemed most logical” after looking at various treatment options.

She began mammography screening at age 30 and had the MRI study as a follow-up to a biopsy in 2007.

“This was the choice that I made, and it was a tough one,” she said. Ms. Applegate is slated to undergo reconstructive surgery over the next few months (People, August 19, 2008).

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