Re­porter’s on-air mam­mo­gram finds can­cer

ABC’s Amy Robach plans mas­tec­tomy

The Washington Times Daily - - Television - BY DAVID BAUDER

NEW YORK | A month af­ter un­der­go­ing a mam­mo­gram on “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica,” ABC’s Amy Robach said Mon­day she has breast can­cer and will have a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy and re­con­struc­tive surgery this week.

The 40-year-old cor­re­spon­dent ad­mit­ted she had been re­luc­tant to have the pub­lic mam­mo­gram but went ahead af­ter “GMA” 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.

Ms. 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 Ms. Roberts, who has fought back from a se­ri­ous blood and bone mar­row dis­ease.

Pro­duc­ers chose her for the mam­mo­gram story be­cause, at 40, she’s at the age when it’s rec­om­mended that women reg­u­larly check for breast can­cer. Mar­ried with two chil­dren and a full-time job, Ms. Robach said she had found plenty of rea­sons to put it off.

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

A few weeks later, she re­turned for what she thought would be some fol­lowup 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 go­ing for­ward.

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

“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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