CNN’s Sara Sidner Announces She Will Undergo Double Mastectomy to Treat Breast Cancer

CNN anchor Sara Sidner will undergo a double mastectomy as part of her treatment plan for breast cancer.

Sidner, morning co-anchor of CNN News Central, announced the operation on-air Wednesday, adding that the procedure would take place on Thursday. (Watch Sidner give the update here.)

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“After five months of chemo, I have not yet become cancer-free,” she said. “The next phase is a double mastectomy… What I have learned so far in my cancer journey is treating it is more a marathon than a sprint.”

In January, Sidner told viewers that she had been diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer.

“I have never been sick a day of my life,” she said at the time. “I don’t smoke. I rarely drink. Breast cancer does not run in my family. And yet here I am with Stage 3 breast cancer. It is hard to say out loud… Stage 3 is not a death sentence anymore for the vast majority of women.”

Watch Sidner’s emotional announcement below.


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In January, the anchor revealed that one in eight women will statistically get or have breast cancer throughout the course of her lifetime, and Black women are 41% more likely to die from the disease than their white counterparts.

After pleading for viewers to get their annual mammograms, she continued: “I have thanked cancer for choosing me. I’m learning that no matter what hell we go through in life, that I am still madly in love with this life. And just being alive feels really different for me now. I am happier because I don’t stress about foolish little things that used to annoy me. And now every single day that I breathe another breath I can celebrate that I am still here with you. I am here with my co-anchors, my colleagues, my family, and I can love and cry and laugh and hope. And that, my dear friends, is enough.”

Before being named a co-anchor on CNN News Central alongside John Berman and Kate Bolduan, Sidner also anchored Big Picture with Sara Sidner on CNN+, the network’s short-lived subscription service.

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