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Former 'DWTS' co-host Samantha Harris diagnosed with breast cancer

Former 'DWTS' co-host Samantha Harris diagnosed with breast cancer
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Samantha Harris, the former co-host of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” revealed that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. According to People on April, 9, Harris will undergo a double mastectomy to treat the cancer.

The 40 year old detected a lump in her right breast during a self-examination last fall. A mammogram she’d had just before had come up clean but she didn’t feel like herself so several months later, she saw a breast cancer specialist.

A series of tests including a needle biopsy and a lumpectomy supported the unexpected diagnosis of breast cancer. The news hit her hard and left her feeling as though “an elephant was sitting on my chest."

After visiting three different specialists to learn what her options were, Harris was left with 2 choices: the double mastectomy or another lumpectomy with radiation.

Harris talked with “Entertainment Tonight” about how the cancer affects her life. She worries about her two daughter, tears welling up in her eyes as she spoke of them, making it difficult for her to speak. She said they are only 3 and 6 years old and all they want is for their mom to be around. “I will be here to plan my daughters’ weddings” she said determinedly.

Making the decision to have the double mastectomy was difficult but once she made the call, Harris said, "I felt so much calmer."

We wish her the best in her fight against breast cancer.

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