CNN anchor Sambolin has cancer, is getting double mastectomy

WASHINGTON Tue May 14, 2013 11:41am EDT

CNN co-anchor Zoraida Sambolin is shown in this undated handout photo courtesy of Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc., provided to Reuters on May 14, 2013. Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc/Handout via Reuters

CNN co-anchor Zoraida Sambolin is shown in this undated handout photo courtesy of Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc., provided to Reuters on May 14, 2013. Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc/Handout via Reuters

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin said on Tuesday that she had breast cancer and was getting a double mastectomy, following an announcement by actress Angelina Jolie that she had undergone that procedure.

Sambolin, who anchors CNN's "Early Start" morning show, discussed her condition on the show while talking about Jolie's preventive double mastectomy.

"I struggled for weeks trying to figure out how tell you that I had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was leaving to have surgery," Sambolin, 47, said in a posting to her Facebook page. "Then .. Angelina Jolie shares her story of a double mastectomy and gives me strength and an opening."

Sambolin told viewers she was scheduled to have the surgery on May 28.

In a New York Times op-ed piece on Tuesday, Jolie, 37, said she had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it very likely she would get breast cancer.

The Oscar-winning actress said she hoped her story would inspire other women fighting the life-threatening disease.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Scott Malone and Lisa Von Ahn)

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hankthecrank wrote:
Can only wish her the best for a complete full recovery back to exllent health. Wasn’t it about 40 years ago or so that Prez Nixon addressed the nation on numerous occasions and exclained, “My fellow Americans, I am here to tell you that we will have a complete cure for the dreaded cancer within 10 years” 10 years have come and gone and we are no where nearer to a cancer cure than we were back then. Too much of our scarce dollars and resources have been spent and wasted on useless wars and what have you. Money is not and never is available for medical research. WE have been and have GONE COMPLETELY
B O N K E R S FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. Sad, Sad State of Affairs.

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