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News Anchor Katie Couric Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Urges Others To Get Mammograms | ‘I Was Six Months Late’
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News Anchor Katie Couric Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Urges Others To Get Mammograms | ‘I Was Six Months Late’

The 65-year-old penned an essay opening up about her recent health scare.

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Veteran news anchor Katie Couric recently revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 65. Her first husband Jay Monahan died of colon cancer in 1998, reports PEOPLE. Now in an essay titled Why NOT Me? published on her website the journalist and author is urging her followers to get their annual mammograms.  She spoke about her own family's history of cancer where her father had prostate cancer and her mother had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This begged the question, "Why would I be spared?" she wrote adding, "My reaction went from 'Why me?' to 'Why not me?' "



 

 

After a routine mammogram and biopsy, Couric received her diagnosis on June 21. "I felt sick and the room started to spin," the former Today anchor wrote. "I was in the middle of an open office, so I walked to a corner and spoke quietly, my mouth unable to keep up with the questions swirling in my head. 'What does this mean? Will I need a mastectomy? Will I need chemo? What will the next weeks, months, even years look like?' " Couric underwent a lumpectomy surgery on July 14, which removed a tumor “roughly the size of an olive.” The former talk show host then started a few weeks of radiation that ended this month.