'Good Morning America' screening revealed correspondent Amy Robach has breast cancer
Good Morning America correspondent Amy Robach announced on Monday she has been diagnosed with breast cancer following on on-air screening for cancer awareness Oct. 1. She will have a double mastectomy to treat the disease.
"I was a little reluctant at first. I'm 40, I'm the age and I've been putting it off," she told Robin Roberts, who is in remission from bone marrow cancer herself. "It's still hard for me to say the words out loud. I have breast cancer."
Robach said the screening led to further tests, which resulted in the diagnosis. She credited her colleagues for asking her to do the screening for the show's October Pink Initiative with saving her life.
"I'm so grateful that I got the mammogram that day. Robin's words still echo inside of me 'If I got the mammogram on-air and saved one life then it's all worth it' she had said. It never occurred to me that that life would be mine," Robach said.
She planned to "be strong for other people," she said, namely her husband Andrew Shue, his three sons and their two daughters. Now Robach said she can begin the fight in earnest, according to an essay she wrote for ABCNews.com
"On Thursday, Nov. 14, I will go into surgery where my doctors will perform a bilateral mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery," she wrote. "Only then will I know more about what that fight will fully entail, but I am mentally and physically as prepared as anyone can be in this situation. And while everyone who gets cancer is clearly unlucky, I got lucky by catching it early, and there are so many people to thank for making sure I did."