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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."

Filed under: Breast cancer • Family • Health • Women
May 14th, 2013
10:13 AM ET

Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy

CNN's Nischelle turner on the stunning revelation by Angelina Jolie regarding her preventive double mastectomy. Jolie revealed her decision in a New York Times Op-Ed. 

 In her op-ed Jolie addresses why she decided to have the preventative double mastectomy, and why it was so important for her to share her story to bring awareness to other women. She states in her op-ed,  "I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer."

Filed under: Cancer • Health • Women
March 11th, 2013
07:05 AM ET

Delhi rape suspect dies in jail, family suspects foul play – Sumnima Udas reports


One of the men accused of gang raping and fatally beating a woman on a New Delhi bus was found dead in his jail cell Monday.

Police say Ram Singh hanged himself. But his lawyer and parents claim he was murdered.

"There was no reason for him to commit suicide. There is some foul play," Singh's attorney V.K. Anand said.

Singh was housed in New Delhi's Tihar Prison. Last year, the prison recorded 18 deaths, including two suicides, according to CNN affiliate CNN-IBN.

CNN's Sumnima Udas reports on the latest in the story on "Early Start" this morning.

READ MORE: India rape suspect found dead in jail cell. Police say suicide; parents allege murder

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Filed under: Women • Women's rights • World
October 22nd, 2012
07:36 AM ET

Romney, Obama court women in final weeks – Ron Brownstein explains

Final preps for the final presidential debate are underway today. President Obama and Mitt Romney will meet for the last time to battle foreign policy issues in Boca Raton, Florida.

With Election Day just 15 days away, polls numbers show that the race is extremely tight. CNN Senior Political Analyst and Editorial Director of the National Journal Ron Brownstein reads the poll 'tea leaves on “Early Start” this morning.

While the debate is exclusively focused on foreign policy, Brownstein says the candidates will likely tie in this debate in their broader campaign narrative and their appeal to women voters.

The latest WSJ/NBC poll shows 47% likely voters choose President Obama for president to 47% for Mitt Romney. “If you’re an incumbent president and you’re at 47 this close to Election Day,” he says, “you’re not feeling so great about that number.”

Also, Brownstein says, President Obama “is only at 36% among white voters in the Wall Street Journal poll,” while Brownstein believes his formula for success in this election is to win 40% of white voters.

The president has also lost ground among white women, Brownstein says. “I think one of the focuses in this debate could very well be to continue that argument for the president by suggesting that Mitt Romney is kind of too quick to kind of rattle the war card” regarding pay equity and access to contraception and Planned Parenthood. “I think for Mitt Romney, the goal has to be to essentially do what he did at the first debate, which is to reassure people that he is a plausible president, especially after that pretty rocky foreign trip this summer.”

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Filed under: 2012 election • Politics • Women