Giuliana Rancic has breast cancer

Style network reality star and E! News host Giuliana Rancic announced today that she has breast cancer.

Guiliana, who stars in Giuliana and Bill with her husband and The Apprentice winner Bill Rancic and is 36, will have surgery and follow that with radiation. Her cancer was discovered after a doctor ordered a mammogram before a third round of in vitro fertilization, and she went to that cancer screening “kicking and screaming,” she said on The Today Show this morning.

E! said in a statement, “On behalf of her E! family we are sending our love and support to Giuliana and applaud her for sharing her recent breast cancer diagnosis in the hope that it will encourage women everywhere to take necessary and preventative measures.” And Style said, “Giuliana has always shown great strength and courage in sharing her challenges with health issues facing so many women. We are hopeful that with the early detection she will have a complete recovery and that her personal journey will continue to be an inspiration and education for women everywhere.”

Although some are speculating that her breast cancer may have been caused by her IVF treatments, ABC News reports that “Studies so far have shown no increased risk in women undergoing fertility treatments and the occurrence of breast cancer.”

Here’s her announcement on The Today Show this morning:

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