VIDEO: Giuliana Rancic Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Monday morning E! News host and reality star Giuliana Rancic, 37, revealed that she was diagnosed with breast cancer following hormone treatments for in vitro fertilization, which she was undergoing in order to conceive a child.
"Through my attempts to get pregnant through IVF, we sadly found out that I have early stages of breast cancer," she said of her and her husband, Bill on Monday's Today Show. "It's been a shock." After two failed attempts to conceive through IVF and one miscarriage in the spring of 2010, a doctor suggested that Rancic take a mammogram as a precaution. Rancic was not worried, assuming that the absence of the disease in her family history and her young age prevented her from being at risk. "I wasn't prepared to get a mammogram until I was 40 years old, like I'd been told," she said. "I never in my wildest dreams expected anything to be wrong. It was just a kick in the stomach."
Luckily, Rancic's cancer was caught during the early stages. "I am one of the lucky ones," she said regarding the early detection. Rancic is already finding the silver lining in her predicament. "I have so many young female viewers who watch me and I want to help them," she said on an interview with the E! Network. "I have an amazing platform to really help people, so that's why it was really important for me to share this story."
Her husband Bill, a property developer and winner of the first season of The Apprentice, has been very supportive since the news came down. "I think our story has a happy ending," he said on Today. "And that's the good thing. It's very treatable, it's 100 percent treatable when you catch it early and that's the main message I think. You've got to get after this thing sooner rather than later."
Rancic still wants to continue her efforts to conceive a child eventually, though it's been put on hold for now. "I still want this baby … because this baby has saved my life. I truly feel God was looking out after me … If I had gotten pregnant later down the line, I could have been a lot sicker."
For now, fellow celebrities are tweeting their well-wishes and support. Fellow E! host Ryan Seacrest wrote, "We'll all be w/ u thru surgery jules! Love u," and Glee's Lea Michele said, "Sending love to @GiulianaRancic today. You're a very strong woman. Thinking of you. Xo."
Bill sent out a catch-all tweet of gratitude toward his wife's supporters. "Thank you for all ur love & support today. G is reading all your messages. She will win this fight, I PROMISE, & be back better than ever!"
Watch a clip from the interview here:
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