Joan's story

Former Good Morning America cohost Joan Lunden had her annual mammogram in early June 2014, and the result was negative. She also had her usual follow-up ultrasound because her breasts have dense, fibrous tissue. This time, however, a tumor was identified in her right breast, which a core biopsy later confirmed to be cancer.

“I sat there stunned — how could this be?” Lunden shared in her blog.” I considered myself fit and healthy, I got checked faithfully every year, and I didn’t have a history of breast cancer in my family.”

She took immediate action and underwent chemotherapy, followed by a lumpectomy and radiation. At the same time, Lunden, whose father was a cancer surgeon, used her experience to raise awareness about the importance of cancer screenings, breast self-exams, and early detection.

“I know I have a challenge ahead of me in this journey, however I have chosen to take it as an opportunity to fulfill my father's legacy and try to inspire others to protect their health,” she wrote in her blog.