TV Personality Stays Optimistic While Facing Breast Cancer

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Samantha Harris has been diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40.

Samantha Harris is a 40-year-old TV personality who has hosted eight seasons of "Dancing With the Stars" and is a former correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and E! News. Harris recently announced that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer, a confirmation she had to seek.

When Harris found a lump in her right breast during a routine self exam, she went to the doctor to have it looked at. However, a mammogram found that the lump was benign. Harris admitted that her body just didn't feel right, so she went to a specialist. A needle biopsy and a lumpectomy confirmed what she feared – Harris has breast cancer. 

Harris' first thoughts were of her daughters, who are three and six. 

"I will be here to plan my daughters' weddings and they better like the dress I pick," Harris told ET. 

She will begin treatment in late April and is staying positive. She made the tough decision to get a double mastectomy rather than a lumpectomy with radiation.

"I was sick of feeling the way that I did in the days after the diagnosis," Harris said in a statement. "I knew I needed to take control."

 Harris was an outspoken supporter of cancer research even before her diagnosis, funding events such as Feeding America, What a Pair and the Revlon Run/Walk.

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