Giuliana Rancic, the host of “E! News,” announced on the “Today” show Monday that she has breast cancer.
According to People, doctors found the tumor while giving Giuliana a mammogram as part of her efforts to get pregnant via in-vitro fertilization.
Rancic has been the co-host of “E! News” since 2006, and is a frequent presence on red carpet shows.
She has been open about her struggle to conceive a child, and chronicled two failed in vitro fertilization attempts on her reality show. Her first attempt ended in a miscarriage and the second one didn’t take.
She told “Today” that a third attempt turned up the sad news of her disease. At least they caught the cancer early, though. Initially, 36-year-old Giuliana was going to wait until she turned 40 to have a mammogram, but she decided to have one now at the urging of her IVF doctor.
Recalling the moment she found out, Rancic said: ‘I went into the hospital in L.A., when they came in to tell me, they said it pretty quickly, they just said, “I’m sorry, you have breast cancer.”
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“Through my attempt to get pregnant for the third time, we sadly found out that I have early stages of breast cancer,” she said. “It’s been a shock. A lot of people have been asking, we saw that you went and got IVF, are you pregnant? But sadly, we’ve had to put that off.”
About her ordeal, Giuliana said, “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.”
She also had a message to share with other women: “A lot of us think we’re invincible, but we have to start putting ourselves on the to-do list. I had a friend call me yesterday, and she said, ‘I’m so sorry, can I do anything for you?’