Giuliana Rancic: Should Women Get Mammograms Before IVF?

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Rancic's case is a good reason women shouldn't wait until age 40 to get mammograms.

This morning on the Today show, Giuliana Rancic, 37, made a big announcement. Only it wasn't the happy pregnancy news we've all been waiting for as she and her husband, Bill Rancic, have struggled with infertility for years. Rather she revealed that she has breast cancer, which was discovered because of her IVF treatments. 

She said she was originally planning to wait until she was 40 to have her first mammogram, but her IVF doctor insisted she get one as she was undergoing her third round of IVF. Though she went "kicking and screaming," she went, never believing that she — at 36 (she's since had a birthday) with no family history of breast cancer — could have it. Unfortunately, she learned shortly thereafter that she does.

Whether you are religious or not, it has to make you question if things happen for a reason. She believes that they do. She told Ann Curry she always knew there was a reason she wasn't getting pregnant, and that this discovery now explains it. Since it was detected so early, her prognosis is good. She will have surgery this week, then undergo six weeks of radiation treatments. After that, she plans to go right back to her attempts to get pregnant again:

"I'm not going to give up. 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."

Read the rest and watch Giuliana's Today show announcement at The Stir: Giuliana Rancic Says Cancer Diagnosis Explains Her Infertility

Written by Julie Ryan Evans for The Stir.

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