CNN’s Early Start co-anchor Zoraida Sambolin has revealed that Angelina Jolie’s recent story encouraged her to come forward about her battle with breast cancer. While on-air yesterday, the 47-year-old journalist said she was diagnosed with breast cancer three weeks ago and plans on having a double mastectomy.
Unlike Jolie, Sambolin does not know whether she has the inherited BRCA1 gene, but she decided to undergo genetic testing because there are so many women in her family. “At the end of the day, I need to have peace of mind,” she explained. “I need to sleep at night. I have two kids that are my world, like any woman, and it's what you think about.”
Hundreds of fans showed support on Facebook after she posted, “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 then…Angelina Jolie shares her story of a double mastectomy and gives me strength and an opening. #bravewoman.”
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the leading cancer affecting Hispanic women. In addition, 1 in 3 Latinas will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Learn more about cancer prevention and early detection for Latinos at cancer.org.
Watch Sambolin talk about her battle with cancer below. Can you relate to her story?