CNN anchor Sambolin to have double mastectomy

Posted at 8:35 AM, May 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-14 08:35:43-04

By CNN Staff

(CNN) — CNN “Early Start” co-anchor Zoraida Sambolin has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will have a double mastectomy, she told viewers Tuesday while discussing film star Angelina Jolie’s decision to have the surgery as a preventative measure.

“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 said in a posting to her Facebook page Tuesday. “Then, Angelina Jolie shares her story of a double mastectomy and gives me strength and an opening.”

Jolie announced in a New York Times op-ed published Tuesday that she had undergone double mastectomy surgery after learning she has an elevated risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

During her “Early Start” appearance, Sambolin said the decision to opt for a mastectomy was a difficult one, but was made easier by reading Jolie’s perspective.

“She said I feel empowered, that I’m in a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity,” Sambolin said. “You know, it’s nice to hear somebody else talk about it and have that support of a lot of women around you.”

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

Dozens of people expressed support for Sambolin on her Facebook page.

“You are an amazing and strong woman and I know you will beat this!” Facebook user Jennifer Majerus posted.

“Praying for you Z!,” Facebook user Charles Barnes posted to her page. “I know you will overcome this challenge!”

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