CNN's Sambolin Plans Double Mastectomy

Jolie's announcement 'gives me strength,' says anchor

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 14, 2013 10:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – On the heels of Angelina Jolie's revelation about her double mastectomy, CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin—of Early Start—has announced she'll also undergo the procedure. "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 wrote on Facebook today. "Then, Angelina Jolie shares her story of a double mastectomy and gives me strength and an opening."

On Early Start today, Sambolin shared a perspective much like Jolie's: "I have two kids that are my world, like any woman, and it's what you think about." Her choice leaves her "confident that [cancer is] not something that I'm going to have to deal with that much more in the future." She also revealed that diagnosis was challenging due to her history of fibrocystic breast tissue, but "I didn't mess around. I [got mammograms] when I was supposed to go, and I followed it diligently." Sambolin's surgery is scheduled for May 28, CNN reports.

A screen grab from CNN video of Sambolin.   (CNN video)
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