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August 5th, 2013
10:29 AM ET

Zoraida's Conversation with Her Kids about Breast Cancer

Telling your kids about being diagnosed with cancer is no easy task.

“Early Start” anchor Zoraida Sambolin was faced with that difficult task when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and underwent a double mastectomy in May.

Sambolin says, “The first thought I had when I was diagnosed with cancer was this, ‘How will I tell my kids?’” 

She has two children she had to break the news to: Nico, 14, and Sofia, 10.

“Once he knew, my son became one of 2.85 million U.S. children sharing their parents' fight against cancer,” Sambolin says.

He reached out to his friends Kyle and Miles for support, and was himself supportive of his mother the entire time.

“Nico's was the last familiar face I saw before surgery,” Sambolin says. “And the first when I came out.”

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July 19th, 2013
11:36 AM ET

Zoraida Shares her Journey with Breast Cancer

Zoraida Sambolin, anchor of "Early Start," is documenting her journey with breast cancer – including a double mastectomy surgery.

She  caught up with "New Day" to update viewers on her experience thus far. Sambolin says that her prognosis is "excellent" and cancer "has been a blessing."

"When you go back and you look at that and you see your son and you see the suffering that my whole family went through, it's kind of difficult," Sambolin says.

"The road is great. I'm in the middle of reconstruction right now. And that's going really well," She adds. "You know, I've got some decisions to make whether or not I'll go on tamoxifin, it’s an invasive cancer on the left side, so I’ve got to really do a little bit more research and figure out whether that's the next step for me."

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May 24th, 2013
09:46 AM ET

Choosing a double mastectomy over a fear of dying – Zoraida Sambolin shares her decision making process

Zoraida Sambolin shares how she came to her decision to have a double mastectomy.

John Berman surprises her when he shows his support with a "Super Z" T-shirt. "Early Start" staffers join the team.

May 15th, 2013
09:47 AM ET

Outpour of public support for Angelia Jolie after revelation of preventative double mastectomy – John Berman reports

Words of support poured in from the media and public after actress Angelina Jolie revealed that she had a preventative double mastectomy. John Berman has the story.

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February 27th, 2013
07:12 AM ET

Study: Rise in advanced breast cancer rates in young women – Elizabeth Cohen reports


Diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer in women younger than 40 has increased 2% a year, every year, from 1976 to 2009, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The increase was seen in women aged 25 to 39 of all races and ethnicities, living in both rural and urban areas.

It's a devastating diagnosis, particularly because a woman younger than 40 who is diagnosed with breast cancer is more likely to have an aggressive form of the disease and face lower survival rates.

But for perspective, the overall population of women who are affected still remains small.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains the study and what it could mean for early detection recommendations.

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