Brooke Burke Charvet: Giuliana Rancic Inspired Me to Get a Mammogram

05/05/2012 at 10:30 AM EDT

Giuliana Rancic Inspired Brooke Burke Charvet to Get a Mammogram
Brooke Burke
Courtesy Prevention
Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke Charvet has a famous friend to thank for inspiring her to be proactive about her health.

"As soon as I found out my friend Giuliana Rancic was diagnosed with breast cancer, I booked my mammogram," Burke Charvet, 40, tells Prevention in their June issue.

Adds Burke Charvet: "I called her from the doctor's office and said, 'Thank you for provoking me to have this done.' "

What's more, says the host, she learned that the often-feared procedure was actually not as bad as many might think.

"When I was finished, I said to the nurse, 'What's the big deal? There's so much negative talk about the mammogram,' " she says. "The biggest thing was scheduling my day to get there. The actual appointment was a piece of cake.

Rancic, 37, who is expecting her first child with her husband Bill Rancic via surrogate, underwent a double mastectomy in December following her cancer diagnosis.

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