ABC News correspondent Amy Robach announced she has developed breast cancer, according to NBC’s “Today” show. She received a live mammogram on “Good Morning America” to support early detection in October for breast cancer awareness month.
Robach originally was hesitant to get the test done on air, and had put off the procedure for a year. “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts convinced her to have the mammogram completed publicly.
“If I got the mammogram on air and it saved one life, then it’s all worth it, she [Robin] had said,” Robach said in a video that aired on the ABC morning show. “It never occurred to me that life would be mine.”
The mammogram helped her doctors find the cancer at an early stage. Robach is scheduled to undergo a bilateral mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery. Then her health care providers will devise a plan of action for the next steps.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation runs a National Mammogram Program to provide free breast diagnostic services to underserved communities. You can sign up for its early detection plan that sends web-based reminders about mammograms and self-exams.Whizzco