Naples, Italy born, Maryland raised and now E! host Giuliana Rancic, 36, guesting on NBC’s “Today” in their New York studio last week confirmed that she has breast cancer.
Rancic, who hosts “E! News,” “Fashion Police” and Style Network’s “Giuliana & Bill” with husband Bill Rancic, said she learned of her diagnosis while undergoing IVF fertility treatments.
“Through my attempt to get pregnant for the third time through IVF, we sadly found out that I have early stages of breast cancer,” Rancic told Ann Curry.
“A lot of people have been asking, ‘We saw in the season finale of your show [‘Giuliana & Bill’] that you went and got IVF. So what happened? Are you pregnant?’
“Sadly, we’ve had to put that off because of the news.”
Rancic, who said “It’s been a shock,” will undergo a lumpectomy this week. That will be followed by 6 1/2 weeks of radiation treatment, she said.
Rancic said the cancer was found when her doctor convinced her to get a mammogram. “I said, ‘Why? I’m 36. I’m too young.’ And he said, ‘I don’t care if you’re 26 or 36, but I will not get you pregnant if there’s possibly the small risk you have cancer. If you get pregnant, all the hormones will accelerate the cancer,’ ” she said.
“We are grateful that, thanks to early detection, Giuliana is expected to have a swift and complete recovery,” E! said in a statement.
Here are The American Cancer Society recommended screening guidelines for most adults.
- Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
- Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over
- Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.
The American Cancer Society recommends that some women — because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors — be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is small: less than 2% of all the women in the US.) Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age. For more information, call the American Cancer Society and ask for document, Breast Cancer: Early Detection.