'GMA' Host Has Breast Cancer

Roberts says she'll have surgery, urges viewers to undergo screening
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 31, 2007 3:56 PM CDT
Robin Roberts introduces Kenny Chesney On Good Morning America. Roberts, who announced today that she has an early form of breast cancer, will undergo surgery in the near future.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) Good Morning America's Robin Roberts revealed she has breast cancer today and will be undergoing surgery shortly and follow-up treatment in the coming months. After filming a special about colleague Joel Siegel's battle with cancer, she told ABC News, "I went to bed, I did a self breast exam and found something that women everywhere fear: I found a lump."

Roberts, 46, was an ESPN stalwart before joining ABC in 2002. Her prognosis is promising, she says, because of early detection. "My doctor expects me to be flying planes and hanging on to submarines in the middle of the Atlantic and scaling the Mayan Pyramids in no time in the mornings to come," she said. (Read more Robin Roberts stories.)