Samantha Harris is set to undergo a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The former “Dancing with the Stars” co-host revealed she has decided to have her breasts removed to “take control” of the disease.
Samantha told People magazine, “I was sick of feeling the way that I did in the days after the diagnosis. I knew I needed to take control”.
The 40-year-old television personality realized there was a problem when she felt a lump during a self-examination last year.
A prior mammogram hadn’t detected any issues, but she still decided to see a specialist.
A needle biopsy followed by a lumpectomy found that she had breast cancer.
She felt overwhelmed and stated, “I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest.”
After seeing three different specialists and being advised of her options, she decided to undergo a double mastectomy. Her other option was a second lumpectomy with radiation treatment.
Samantha, who has two daughters – Josselyn, 6, and Hilary, 3, with her husband Michael Hess – admitted after making the decision she felt “so much calmer”.
Harris was the co-host of seasons two through nine alongside Tom Bergeron on “Dancing With The Stars”. She served as a correspondent with “Entertainment Tonight” from 2010–2012.
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