What Giuliana Rancic Would Want You To Know About Breast Cancer!

Tue, October 18, 2011 9:39pm EST by 5 Comments
Giuliana Rancic Breast Cancer

Can you get breast cancer if you’re under 40? Is it safe to have a baby after breast cancer? Two breast cancer docs answer YOUR questions!

When Giuliana Rancic went public with her breast cancer on Monday, October 17, on The Today Show, she wanted to help YOU. She was just 36 when she got a mammogram that detected her early stage breast cancer. So do you need a mammogram if there’s no history of breast cancer in your family like Giuliana?

The answer is “yes, if you’re trying to get pregnant after the age of 36,” explains Dr. Alison Goldfarb, an assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC. “Generally you would have your first mammogram at 40 unless you have a history of breast cancer in your family. In that case, we like to do a mammogram when you’re ten years younger than the youngest breast cancer victim in your family.”

So is there more breast cancer in women under 40 today than there used to be? It seems that way with celebrities like Christina Applegate struck 36 and singer Kylie Minogue at 36 as well.

“It does look like it’s becoming more common,” says Dr. Goldfarb. “It’s hard to understand why- if it’s environmental because our immune systems aren’t as strong as they used to be because we don’t get infections like we used to. We’re given antibiotics.”

Now, is it true that breast cancer in women under 40 is more aggressive?

“Every case is individual so you can’t generalize,” insists Dr. Goldfarb.

As for whether Giuliana Rancic was right to stop her fertility treatment once she was diagnosed with breast cancer – gynecologist and fertility expert, Dr. David Ghozland, M.D. says yes!

“Being pregnant does hyper-stimulate breast cancer cells, which is why I don’t let any of my patients who have breast cancer get pregnant,” he says. “Once I get full approval from their breast oncologist then I will go ahead and allow my patients to get pregnant.”

And yes, you can get pregnant after breast cancer treatment, though Dr. Goldfarb likes patients to wait a year or two after treatment is completed.

Dr. Ghozland has a patient however who happily became pregnant, a year after a lumpectomy. And guess what: you may even be able to still breast feed ,with the breast that did not have radiation!

In any case, do NOT be afraid to do a monthly breast self examination or to get a mammogram if you should. Early detection is always better.

Says Dr. Ghozland: “Breast cancer is of course serious, but in most cases it is treatable if detected early enough, as is the case with Giuliana Rancic.”


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Reporting by Sandra Clark

Get More On Giuliana!

  1. Giuliana Rancic’s Breast Cancer Battle — Celebs Tweet Their Support!
  2. Giuliana Rancic: ‘I Have Early Stages Of Breast Cancer.’
  3. Giuliana & Bill Rancic Aren’t Ready To Adopt Yet!

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Tracy P

Posted at 11:48 AM on October 20, 2011  

Guilliana you will get through this. I admire your strength.
Since you have no family history of breast cancer, didn’t have the breast cancer gene, and knowing that breast cancer can result due to a hormone imbalance, it would be interesting to know if the previous IVF treatments contributed your condition. ALSO I hope that you explore alternative methods for post surgery instead of radiation.

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Posted at 1:53 PM on October 19, 2011  

gulliana i wish you the best and make sure you dont do anything to make it worse and we all wish you the best

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Susan Schult

Posted at 10:50 AM on October 19, 2011  

Guiliana, It is a long time now that I pray for you and Bill, wanted you to have a perfect Baby, but when I herd the news I was so schoked and could not believe, you stay strong and WE WILL PRAY. I love you, you feel like one of my children. Be strong and believe. Susan

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mercy Nelson

Posted at 4:06 AM on October 19, 2011  

am from Kenya. Giuliana l love u n l wish u all the best.God bless u.

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Sue Anders

Posted at 9:05 PM on October 18, 2011  

Thank you Giuliana for sharing the information – it is very important – sending you healing light for your full recovery!

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