June 24, 2014 11:52 am

Joan Lunden reveals she has breast cancer

Joan Lunden, pictured in 2012.

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TORONTO — TV personality Joan Lunden revealed Tuesday she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

The former Good Morning America host said although her annual mammogram found nothing, an ultrasound revealed a tumour in her right breast.

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“After a core biopsy was performed,” Lunden wrote on her blog, “I heard those words that every woman fears and that I never thought I’d hear: ‘you have breast cancer.'”

Lunden said she was stunned because she considered herself healthy, has no history of breast cancer in her family and gets herself checked regularly.

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The 63-year-old explained her decision to go public with the diagnosis.

“I have lived my life sharing my joys and my disappointments with all of you,” she wrote. “So it certainly didn’t feel right keeping this part of my journey a secret.”

Lunden said she has begun chemotherapy and is enjoying the support of her husband Jeff Konigsberg and her daughters Jamie, Lindsay and Sarah (from her first marriage). Lunden also has 11-year-old twins and 9-year-old twins.

“I know I have a challenge ahead of my in this journey,” Lunden wrote, “however I have chosen to take it as an opportunity to … inspire others to protect their health.”

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