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article imageABC's Amy Robach discovers breast cancer after on-air mammogram

By Yukio Strachan     Nov 12, 2013 in Health
New York - When "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts reassured Amy Robach that if the live on air mammogram saved one life, it would be worth it, Robach didn't realize at the time that the life Roberts referred to would be her own.
According to the National Institute of Health, there are an estimated 2,829,041 women currently living with breast cancer in the United States — the 40-year-old correspondent announced on "Good Morning America" Monday morning that it's still hard for her to say aloud, to say herself, that she, is one of them.
Her announcement comes one month after she underwent her first mammogram live on air for "GMA Goes Pink" day on October 1.
In a moving blog post, Robach explained that she will undergo a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery on Nov. 14.
In a mastectomy, all breast tissue is surgically removed from one or both breasts. After, women may choose to undergo breast reconstruction with a plastic surgeon that uses implants, the body's own issue or a combination of both according to the Mayo Clinic.
She said she will learn after Thursday's surgery what her treatment will entail going forward.
"I know that I have a fight ahead of me, but I also know that I have a lot worth fighting for," Robach said.
Producers chose her for the mammogram story because, at 40, she's at the age when it's recommended by the American Cancer Society that women regularly check for breast cancer. Married to Melrose Place actor Andrew Shue with two children and a full-time job, Robach said she had, like many women, put it off for over a year.
After having the testing done on air October 1, Robach said she returned for what she thought would be some follow-up images only for doctors to inform her that she had cancer.
"The doctors told me bluntly: 'That mammogram just saved your life.'"
Robach joined ABC in 2012 from NBC, where she was a "Weekend Today" host. She logged considerable time with the cast of ABC's top-rated morning show, filling in for Roberts, who has fought back from a serious blood and bone marrow disease, the Associated Press writes.
"I was also told this, for every person who has cancer, at least 15 lives are saved because people around them become vigilant," Robach wrote.
Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"I can only hope my story will do the same and inspire every woman who hears it to get a mammogram, to take a self-exam," she said. "No excuses. It is the difference between life and death."
For more information, visit the National Cancer Institute's General Information About Breast Cancer.
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