MEDFORD (CBS) – TV personality and Medford native Maria Menounos has revealed she was diagnosed with a brain tumor this year.

Menounos tells People she began having headaches and trouble reading the teleprompter back in February. Doctors found a golf-ball-size benign tumor in her brain that was removed during a seven-hour surgery last month.

This all comes as Menounos’ mother battles stage 4 brain cancer.

“I didn’t cry. I actually laughed,” Menounos told People. “It’s so surreal and crazy and unbelievable that my mom has a brain tumor—and now I have one too?”

The 39-year-old is leaving her job at E! News, where she has been an anchor for three years, to focus on her health.

maria menounos Maria Menounos Reveals Brain Tumor Diagnosis

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“I just want to be still for a bit and see what I’m supposed to be in this world,” she said. “I also want to help women realize that they have to put themselves first.”

Menounos is a former Miss Massachusetts winner and Emerson College graduate.

  1. If Maria Menounos and her mother both have brain cancer, it may be from an environmental cause if they were both exposed to something like power lines, or something else.

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