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Victoria Gotti stars in reality show "Growing Up Gotti," and even managed an off-Broadway turn earlier this year. Several reports last week broadcast her claims of a cancer scare.
updated 8/24/2005 12:44:38 PM ET 2005-08-24T16:44:38

Victoria Gotti denied Wednesday she lied about having breast cancer but acknowledged her diagnosis showed she had “precancerous cells.”

“What I have is considered by most to be cancer. Noninvasive cancer,” Gotti said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“If you look it up on the Internet, it is cancer,” added the daughter of late mob boss John Gotti. “They refer to it as noninvasive cancer.”

The New York Post, which carried a front-page headline declaring “Gotti’s sick cancer scam,” reported Wednesday that Gotti never had breast cancer as she had told the rival Daily News.

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“I could leave it alone and watch it, or get surgery,” Gotti told the Post. “I chose to be aggressive and get the surgery.”

She made similar comments Monday night on CNBC, according to the Post.

The News had reported Sunday that Gotti, 42, kept the news to herself — hiding her treatments from her three sons and the producers of their reality show, “Growing Up Gotti” on the A&E network.

Gotti told ABC the News article “was for the most part accurate.”

“The reporter was not lying,” she said. “She was not embellishing.”

“Everyday since this happened, people have been asking me, ’Well, do you have cancer? Or is it not?”’ Gotti said. “There’s no easy way to explain that. It is the illness. You have to look it up to understand it.”

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