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Joan Lunden on Her Battle with Breast Cancer: 'Time to Go into Warrior Mode'

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Joan Lunden has always prided herself on staying on top of her health.

Every year, the former Good Morning America host, 63, would go in for a mammogram and a follow-up ultrasound – an extra precaution for women like her with dense breast tissue – and breathe a sigh of relief as she walked out the door.

“You come out of there like, ‘Yes! One more year I’m okay,'” Lunden told GMA during a June 24 visit.

But this year, when her doctor returned with ultrasound results on June 9, Lunden felt as if something was different.

“I could just tell by her demeanor [that something was wrong],” she said.

“Then, I heard those words that every woman fears: ‘You have breast cancer.'”