TV host diagnosed with cancer during show
Amy Robach had a mammogram on the "Good Morning America" show to encourage women to get checked; she never imagined she would be diagnosed with breast cancer herself.PT1M14S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2xduv 620 349 November 12, 2013
An American TV reporter has been diagnosed with breast cancer after having a mammogram on air as part of a story on the disease.
ABC News journalist Amy Robach announced on Monday that she had breast cancer — and that she learnt about it only after her colleagues persuaded her to have a mammogram on Good Morning America as part of breast cancer awareness month.
Robach, 40, revealed her diagnosis on the breakfast show on Monday. She is married to Melrose Place actor Andrew Shue and together they have five children (Shue has three sons and Robach has two daughters from previous marriages).
Amy Robach had been putting off having a mammogram. Photo: AP
The journalist wrote in a blog post that she had been putting off getting a mammogram when a producer asked her if she would consider doing it on air. At the time, she considered it “virtually impossible” that she had cancer.
“That day, when I was asked to do something I really didn't want to do, something I had put off for more than a year, I had no way of knowing that I was in a life-or-death situation,” she wrote.
Robach's on-air mammogram took place on October 1. A few weeks later, she learnt she had breast cancer. She will have a bilateral mastectomy on Thursday.
If her colleagues hadn't convinced her that she could save lives by doing an on-air mammogram, she wrote, “I would never have been able to save my own”.
She said on Monday that the doctors had told her bluntly: "That mammogram just saved your life:"
She announced on the show that she had decided to have the mastectomy. "I've decided to be very aggressive ... I'll have reconstructive surgery. And, we don't know. There's a lot you don't know until you have the surgery. I don't know about chemo. I don't know what stage I am. I don't know if it has spread. So we'll find out those things in the weeks to come.'
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