Barbara Walters Shares Her Brush With Breast Cancer

At the Breast Cancer Research Symposium and Awards luncheon on Thursday Oct. 9, 2014, Barbara Walters, the 85-year-old broadcaster and former host of "The View," shared her story of having had a lumpectomy. Walters told US Weekly that she watched breast cancer research closely after discovering a small lump in her breast and undergoing a lumpectomy.

At the event, Walters was honored with the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award. She shared the award with friend Amy Robach, who hosted the luncheon and found out about her breast cancer live during an on-air mammogram on "Good Morning America."

The on-air test was an effort to encourage women to get themselves tested, and Robach begrudgingly obliged only after a prompting from her friend and "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts. Roberts is a breast cancer survivor herself and encouraged her co-host to get tested to inspire the women in their television audience to do the same.

According to Us Weekly, Robach is feeling almost 100 percent now that she has had a double mastectomy, eight rounds of chemotherapy and reconstructive surgery. 

This wasn't Walters' firs cancer scare. After her sister died of ovarian cancer, Walters sought genetic testing and chose to have both ovaries removed as a preventative measure.

In the interview with US Weekly, Walters mentioned remembering a time when breast cancer was a death sentence. 

"It still frightens me, but we now know that there's a treatment and we are looking forward to the day that there is a cure," Walters told the source.

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