Christina battles breast cancer

LOS ANGELES: Christina Applegate has been diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer, according to a statement released August 2, by the actress’ rep.

“Benefiting from early detection through a doctor-ordered MRI, the cancer is not life threatening,” publicist Ame Van Iden said. “Christina is following the recommended treatment of her doctors and will have a full recovery.

“No further statement will be issued at this time.”

Applegate’s rep also tells E! News that the 36-year-old Emmy nominee will maintain her regular shooting schedule on Samantha Who? while undergoing treatment.

The former Married With Children star is set to appear September 5 alongside Meryl Streep, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron and Sally Field at the Stand Up to Cancer telethon, which will be broadcast simultaneously on CBS, NBC and ABC.

A few weeks later, Applegate has a shot at her first Emmy for lead actress in a comedy for her role as a well-meaning amnesia patient who’s trying to make amends for her rotten, pre-amnesia self.