Giuliana Rancic felt surprised like most people did when they read that Angelina Jolie underwent a secret and preventative double mastectomy.
For the E! News host, the announcement hit close to home — considering she had the same surgery in 2011 after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
"To say I was shocked and confused at first is an understatement," she says in a new blog post. "I received an email within E! News with the word ‘Angeline Jolie reveals she had a double mastectomy’ in the subject. My heart sank. I thought there must be a mistake and I couldn't load the email fast enough."
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The cancer survivor, 38, goes on to explain how she read Angie's article in the New York Times — and how it brought her back to a very painful time in her life.
"Normally, I can't help but tear up when I am brought back…" she writes. "But last night, I did the opposite. I smiled and let out a sigh of relief. Relief that more and more women are getting the courage to share these stories for the most selfless reason of all…to help other women.”
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Like the Oscar winner, 37, Giuliana explains how she's been given an outlet to reach millions of women each week and that going public was the best thing she could do for women around the world.
"There is nothing like the feeling when a woman comes up to me on the street and says, 'Because of you I got my first mammogram,' or 'because of you, I got that strange lump checked out and it ended up being early stage breast cancer.'" Angelina will now also have that effect on women, but on such a grander scale: she is an international superstar and her reach is endless," says the TV personality, who's mom to baby Duke, 8 months.
In Angie's op-ed piece for the NYT, the actress revealed that doctors estimated she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer — the same cancer her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, passed away from in 2007 after nearly a decade-long battle. Following the three months of medical procedures, her risk of breast cancer has been lowered to less than 5 percent.
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"I applaud Angelina's decision to go public with this very personal information," Giuliana continues. "The fact that she is one of the most private stars in Hollywood yet has decided to go public with this incredibly personal story demonstrates how important it is to shine the spotlight on the importance of breast and ovarian cancer prevention."
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