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Sunday 21 September 2014

Woman discovers cancer - on TV show

Published 11/11/2013 | 20:21

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A month after undergoing a mammogram on Good Morning America, ABC's Amy Robach said she has breast cancer (AP/ABC, Ida Mae Astute)

An American TV reporter is to have a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery just a month after viewers saw her reluctantly undergoing a mammogram.

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ABC's Amy Robach said that after the test, on the Good Morning America show, she discovered she had breast cancer.

The 40-year-old correspondent admitted she had been reluctant to have the public mammogram but went ahead after anchor Robin Roberts told her that if the story saved one life, it would be worth it.

"It never occurred to me that life would be mine," she said.

Producers chose her for the mammogram story because she is at the age when it is recommended that women regularly check for breast cancer.

Married with two children and a full-time job, Robach said she had found plenty of reasons to put it off.

In her original story, she emerged from her mammogram telling Roberts and her colleagues that it hurt much less than she thought it would.

A few weeks later, she returned for what she thought would be some follow-up images, only to learn she had cancer.

Her husband, who had been away on business, and her parents flew in that night "and we started gearing up for a fight".

She said she will learn after Thursday's surgery what her treatment will entail.

Robach said she was told that when someone gets cancer, many lives around them are saved because people are vigilant and get check-ups.

"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."

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