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Hoda Kotb discusses having breast cancer

Hoda Kotb, co-host of the fourth hour of the Today Show, recently released a book, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee, and she is opening up about her experience with the disease.

Kotb was a correspondent for Dateline NBC when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, The Express-Times reports, but she saw the news as a sign that she needed to take control of her life.

Kotb was going through a divorce while battling the disease, but insists that her illness actually helped her do things she had always wanted to do. In fact, she may not have her current job at Today if she hadn't been diagnosed with cancer, as she says that is what motivated her to interview for the morning show.

"It's hard to imagine there's any good at the end," she told the news source. "But there is. There's a brighter day. I know who I am. I know my life is to be valued, not wasted."

There are currently more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society.
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