After News of Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy, CNN Anchor Reveals She Will Undergo Procedure


By Chris Ariens Comment

CNN’s anchor Zoraida Sambolin delivered some very personal news on CNN’s “Early Start” this morning. Following Angelina Jolie’s op-ed in the New York Times about her decision to have a double mastectomy, Sambolin announced she will undergo the same procedure later this month.

“I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer,” Sambolin said. “I’m having a double mastectomy.”

Jolie had the surgery because she carried a gene that increases her risk for breast and ovarian cancers. The surgery has cut her breast cancer risk from 87% to under 5%. Sambolin was diagnosed about three weeks ago, and she will also have genetic testing as part of her mastectomy.

Sambolin got emotional talking about her decision. “As a woman your sexuality and your breasts and how attached you are to them, right, as a woman. So at the end of the day, it’s really difficult to say that I’m thinking about this, that this is something that affects me when I have two kids I want to live for. At the end of day I’m going to cut off my arms if it means that I am going to live to see them and to see them grow up.”

Video after the jump…