Samantha Harris Schedules Double Mastectomy to Fight Breast Cancer

Posted Wednesday April 9, 2014 10:00 AM GMT

Early detection is the key to beating breast cancer, and Samantha Harris is grateful she has been diligent with her self-examinations.

The former “Dancing with the Stars” co-host told People she’ll undergo a double mastectomy later this month after finding a lump in her right breast.

Right after finding the abnormality, Harris had a needle biopsy and lumpectomy which revealed the troubling diagnosis. "It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest.”

And rather than having another lumpectomy with radiation, Samantha decided to take the more drastic/more effective route of a double mastectomy. "I was sick of feeling the way that I did in the days after the diagnosis. I knew I needed to take control… I felt so much calmer."

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