EXCLUSIVE: Applegate Underwent Breast Removal to Stop Cancer

"It's incredibly expensive," she said. "So, for me, one of the things that when this is all happened, was that I'm putting together a program that's going to raise money to pay for MRIs for women who are at high risk." Applegate defines "high-risk" as anyone who has had breast cancer in their family, or are "gene positive" for the BRCA1 gene that is linked to breast cancer.

"We're also going to pay for the BRCA testing, because that's very, very expensive."

Now, with the cancer behind her and recovery ahead, Applegate is optimistic.

"You know, I really love living and I really love my life. I knew from this moment on, it was only going to be good and that was going to be coming," she said.

"Yea, I'm going to face challenges, but you can't get any darker than where I've been. So, just knowing that in my soul gave me the strength to just say, 'I've got to -- I have to get out there and -- and make this positive."

"And you know, I'm going to have cute boobs till I'm 90."

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