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Samantha Harris has breast cancer, will undergo double mastectomy

Former Dancing With the Stars co-host Samantha Harris has breast cancer. After seeing three specialists, the former Entertainment Tonight correspondent opted to have a double mastectomy later this month.

In a routine self-exam last fall, Harris, 40, felt a lump. She had just had a clean mammogram, but decided to see a specialist months later. Much to her surprise, she tells ET, a needle biopsy and lumpectomy led to the diagnosis.

"It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest," said the mother of two. "I was sick of feeling the way that I did in the days after the diagnosis. I knew I needed to take control."

The TV personality said she "felt so much calmer" after deciding on the double mastectomy rather than a less-radical second lumpectomy with radiation.

"My dad wasn't able to walk me down the aisle. I will be here to plan my daughter's weddings and they better like the dress I pick," she said.