‘Real Housewives’ Tamra Barney Reveals She Had Cervical Cancer

by | April 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM | The Real Housewives of Orange County

Tamra Barney of 'The Real Housewives of the O.C.' (Photo: Bravo)

Real Housewives of Orange County” star Tamra Barney has revealed she battled cervical cancer.

Stars of the “Real Housewives” franchise are often chided for their rampant plastic surgeries but Barney discloses her very real health scare on Thursday’s episode of “Dr. Oz” in an hour about “Real Housewives” “surgery secrets.”

Barney, 44, initially planned to have her breast implants removed, saying, “They always felt too big for my body,” but she soon discovered she had more serious health concerns lurking.

“I had a little health scare,” Tamra explains to Dr. Oz. “I was going through this divorce. I go to the doctor and I have lumps in my breasts and I had cervical cancer that had to be removed.”

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Learning she had cancer made her “panic,” but it also motivated Tamra to get in control of her body.

“I really went through this like, ‘What is going on with my body? What is going on?’ I’m talking to my doctor about … doing a hysterectomy,” she says, “and I have lumps and I’m thinking, ‘Oh my god. I needed to take over my body.’ ”

The reality star recently finalized a lengthy, bitter divorce, chronicled on the show, from her husband of 12 years, Simon Barney. Just last month Tamra announced her engagement to Eddie Judge, her boyfriend of two years.

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