Thursday, October 16, 2003

'Early Show' anchor records video diary of cancer ordeal



The Associated Press

Rene Syler, an anchor on CBS News' The Early Show, knows better than many people about the dangers of breast cancer.

Both her mother and father had the disease, and a routine test on the 40-year-old newswoman this summer uncovered an abnormality that gives her a greater-than-normal chance of developing it.

Syler has gone public with her emotional journey, keeping a video diary of her experience.

It is being broadcast in three parts on The Early Show (8-9 a.m., Channel 12), ending Friday.

"What I want people to see is this is not about the person you see on TV every morning with the hair and the makeup and the poise and the polish," she said. "This is about a person trying to deal with a scary situation in the best way that she could. I was terrified."

The report contains candid, emotional footage of a scared Syler awaiting her diagnosis - then relief when she did not have cancer.

Syler hopes she'll persuade women to undergo mammograms.




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