ABC Anchor's on-Air Mammogram Finds Cancer
Amy Robach was reluctant to do 'Good Morning America' segment
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2013 9:41 AM CST
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(Newser) – It's a scene that has played out onscreen many times: A beloved TV journalist gets a standard medical test on a popular show, in an effort to convince viewers of a certain age to do the same. But this time the story had a very surreal ending: After reluctantly getting her first mammogram on Good Morning America, ABC News journalist Amy Robach found out she actually did have breast cancer. Robach revealed the diagnosis today, writing that she had been putting off the procedure for more than a year when GMA producers asked her about the segment for "GMA Goes Pink" on Oct. 1.

"If several producers and even Robin Roberts herself hadn’t convinced me that doing this on live television would save lives, I would never have been able to save my own," Robach writes. On Thursday, she's getting a bilateral mastectomy. "I was also told this, for every person who has cancer, at least 15 lives are saved because people around them become vigilant. They go to their doctors, they get checked," Robach concludes. "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. No excuses."

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ExceleRater
Nov 11, 2013 4:46 PM CST
I draw the line at on-air prostate exams.
BCS
Nov 11, 2013 11:25 AM CST
I hope that they only treat her if really needed. I feel that they overreact these days and in doing so, expose people to unnecessary radiation treatments which may be the cause of more serious cancer in the future. My mother had breast cancer and got it removed followed by radiation treatments. The thing of it was, the tumor was so small that they basically took it all out on the biopsy. I would imagine that people would be horrified to know that there are small clusters of cancer cells that pop up in the body throughout our life. Most healthy bodies simply reabsorb the bad cells. I worry about what I view as overzealous radiation treatment. I worry that they're hurting women far more than some of these micro tumors, many of which pose no real threat. I don't blame anyone for going through the treatments though. Hearing the words "you have cancer" is one of the scariest things a person can be told. It's up to the medical professionals to say. We're going to monitor this very closely and see if it doesn't fix itself, before we expose you to radiation.
ewd76
Nov 11, 2013 11:14 AM CST
eewww