GMA’s Amy Robach Reveals On-Air Test Led to Breast Cancer Diagnosis

News reporter will receive a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on Nov. 14

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Good Morning America's Amy Robach gets a mammogram during a live broadcast on Oct. 1, 2013.

Good Morning America correspondent Amy Robach revealed to viewers Monday that she was diagnosed with breast cancer after receiving an on-air mammogram promoting the show’s “GMA Goes Pink” campaign.

After the Oct. 1 segment, Robach, 40, returned for more testing and was diagnosed with breast cancer. She will receive a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on Nov. 14.

Robach said she put off the mammogram for over a year, and after much convincing by show host Robin Roberts and other ABC producers, she’s glad she agreed to participate.

“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 wrote in an online post. “No excuses. It is the difference between life and death.”

[ABC News]

3 comments
mgster
mgster

I also went through a mastectomy and reconstruction in June.  I wish you well and hope you heal quickly.  You have a wonderful support system and, I am certain, great doctors also.  Wishing you the best.

CoralLee
CoralLee

Dear Amy

I had a mammogram the day after you did.  I had felt a lump and got an appointment to see my GYN, for a week later, so October 2 @ 10:15.  She sent me to the Breast Clinic, the doctor there sent me to have a Mammogram and a Ultrasound done, those were done and the doctor in radiology asked me if I would like the good news or bad news first.  I went for the good news.  The lump I was worried about was just fatty tissue.  The bad news?  They needed to take more pictures, sound familiar?     They took more pictures and then had me wait while the Dr looked at the pictures.  The nurse came out and asked if I could stay and have a couple biopsies done?  I said ok.  I had 2 core needle biopsies done and went home after 6 1/2 hours there to wait for the surgeon to call with the results.  4 days later I was called and was told I had cancer.  On the 21st I had 2 lumpectomies and everything in between taken out.  14 days later I was told that there was more than expected, I could have a widening of what I had done to 1/3 of my breast taken out and hope clear margins were gotten or I could have a mastectomy.  I have chosen a bilateral mastectomy to be done in January.  I will not be having reconstruction until I lose 100 pounds as my plastic surgeon will not do it until I have lost the weight.  That will be in about 1 1/2 to 2 years out.  I hope your surgery went well today, my prayers were with you.  

JanieWigley
JanieWigley

Dear Amy

I also was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 years ago last month.I had not gotten my Mamo for a few years because I had lost my  insurance .When I found a knot the size of a lima bean.  when they called me the very next day after my biopsy and told me to be back in the office that day , I knew what it was. I cried half the day. I scared my husband, and he kept saying it could be nothing. But I knew. I had surgery on Thanksgiving eve of 2010. I went through surgery cemo, radiation and lost all my hair. But I am here 3 years later and cancer free (so far)  I try to keep a good out look. I had to go in for a second biopsy and cried agin. It turned out to be calsem. People don't know how your emotions can swing. My heart goes out to you, and you will be in all my prayers. Janie Wigley