Maria Menounos battles brain tumor, steps down as E! News co-host

E! News anchor Maria Menounos revealed that she recently underwent risky surgery to remove a brain tumor.

In a People magazine cover story, the 39-year-old Menounos said she was diagnosed after reporting dizziness, headaches and slurred speech to a doctor. She had a golf-ball-size meningioma brain tumor that was pushing on her facial nerves.

"I didn't cry. I actually laughed," she told People. "It's so surreal and crazy and unbelievable that my mom has a brain tumor–and now I have one too?"

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Menounos had been caring for her mother, who has stage 4 brain cancer. She had the seven-hour surgery with famed neurosurgeon Dr. Keith L. Black on June 8 and 99.9 percent of the tumor was removed.

"He said, 'I'm 98 percent sure it's benign but we won't know until we get in there,'" Menounos told People.

"My face is still numb. This is something that takes at least a month of healing, but I'm getting stronger and stronger every day and I'll be back to normal very soon," she said.

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