In her first interview since announcing her diagnosis, Christina Applegate, 36, confessed that she had a double mastectomy three weeks ago following a recent diagnosis with breast cancer, and that she'll undergo reconstructive surgery over the next eight months.
The Emmy-nominated star of "Samantha Who?" said on "Good Morning America" Tuesday that she's "absolutely 100 percent clear and clean."
"They got everything out," Applegate said.
The 36-year-old actress said that she elected to remove both breasts even though the disease was contained in one breast.
"I just wanted to kind of be rid of it," Applegate said in the interview. "So this was the choice I made and it was a tough one."
Applegate called the operation a logical decision. Her mother battled breast cancer, and she tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation linked to breast and ovarian cancer.
Because of the family history, the “Married with Children” star began getting mammograms six years ago when she was 30. Still, when she first found out she had breast cancer, she was so mad that she "was just shaking" but immediately went into "take-care-of-business-mode," asking all the questions about treatment.
Applegate is scheduled to appear on a one-hour television special, "Stand Up to Cancer," to air on ABC, CBS and NBC Sept. 5 to raise money for cancer research.
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