April 9, 2014 at 10:10 AM ET
Samantha Harris will be undergoing a double mastectomy later this month, the former "Dancing With the Stars" co-host has revealed to People.
The TV personality told the magazine that she found a lump while doing a self-exam in the fall. But a mammogram later came back clean.
It wasn't until she went to a breast cancer specialist months after and had a needle biopsy and later, a lumpectomy, that she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Harris revealed.
"It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest," the mother of two young daughters told People of hearing the diagnosis. Harris said that she had two treatment options — the mastectomy or a radical second lumpectomy and radiation.
Harris, 40, opted for the more radical option because "I knew I needed to take control," she said, also noting that she wanted to make the right choice for her and her family.
And after she made her decision? "I felt so much calmer."
Harris joins a long list of famous names who've shared news of their mastectomies. Last year, Angelina Jolie revealed she had the procedure done preventatively after learning she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. Christina Applegate, who was diagnosed in 2008, later opted for a mastectomy after learning that she carries the BRCA1 gene, which greatly increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Giuliana Rancic, Sharon Osbourne, Hoda Kotb and others have also had the procedure.
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