Sambolin Inspired By Actor’s Courage

Zoriada Sambolin headshotTuesday was an interesting day for the Hollywood world and those who read the New York Times. Actress and director, Angelina Jolie spilled her story to the public in an opinion based editorial for the New York Times explaining that she underwent a double mastectomy due to carrying a cancer mutation gene, BRCA1 passed along from her mother who died from breast cancer at the age of 56.

Breast cancer kills approximately 458,000 women world wide, according to the World Health Organization.

Testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes costs approximately $3,000. With the results, Jolie’s doctors estimated that she had an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. Because of these numbers and her family with movie star Brad Pitt, Jolie decided to reduce her risk and underwent the surgery.

After Jolie came out in the open with the news of her surgery, CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin announced on air that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer three weeks ago and was afraid of how she would tell the public.

“You know what? I said that I really struggled. You know, for a while I’ve been struggling because I was diagnosed with breast cancer about three weeks ago, and I was trying to figure out how do I share this story – how to tell the viewers that I’m going to be gone for a while because I have chosen to have a double mastectomy? And so Angelina Jolie’s story really hit home,” Sambolin said on air.