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long past today show host Katie Couric revealed on her website on Wednesday that she was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year on June 21, 2022; The date of her eighth wedding anniversary and the first day of summer.
Although Couric has had surgery to remove an olive-sized tumor and has just completed radiation treatment, she writes that as someone who had previously detailed her colonoscopy procedure today In 2000, she wanted to draw attention to the disease ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which began in October. After that segment aired, the 65-year-old says there has been a 20% increase in colonoscopies, and she now hopes to make a similar impact on people whose breasts are getting mammograms.
“Every two minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer,” Couric similarly shared in an Instagram post on Wednesday. “On June 21, I became one of them. As we approach #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth, I want to share my personal story with you all and encourage you to get screened and understand that you may fall into the category of women who need more than a mammogram. is required. ,
In her post, Couric spoke about her family history with cancer, from losing her first husband, Jay Monahan, in 1998 to colon cancer, to her sister Emily Couric, a Virginia Democratic state senator, who died a few years later in 2001. I had died of pancreatic cancer. She says that in light of all the cancer in her family, upon learning of her diagnosis that her mood “shifted sharply from disbelief to resignation.”
“My response is ‘Why me?’ To ‘Why not me?'” Couric lamented.
The good news is that Couric says he just finished his last round of radiation yesterday and looks like he’s out of the woods. But while they thankfully caught her cancer early, she adds that it took her six months to get her mammogram, and she doesn’t want others to make the same potentially life-threatening mistake.
As with any hope, Couric may have saved some lives by bravely opening up about her battle with breast cancer.