Katie Couric says she's been treated for breast cancer

THE NEW YORK Katie Couric revealed on Wednesday that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and that the tumor had been removed this summer through surgery and radiation therapy.

Couric, who famously had a colonoscopy on the Today program in 2000, revealed her diagnosis in an essay on her website and expressed the hope that it might inspire other women to be checked as well.

The 65-year-old Couric said that she received her final radiation treatment on Tuesday after being diagnosed on the first day of summer.

She added, "Other than my left breast feeling like I've been sunbathing topless, I've been good."

Couric's first husband, Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998 at age 41 and her sister Emily was 54 when she died of pancreatic cancer in 2001.

Given her family history, Couric wrote, "why would I be spared? My reaction went from 'why me?' to 'why not me?'"

The former presenter of Today and the CBS Evening News claimed that she had intended to record her mammogram and breast biopsy and share it with viewers, 

but that when her doctor informed her that a biopsy was required, she begged her to switch off the cameras.

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